Monday, 2 January 2012


Starts with gratitude
I am revising all the best
gifts of the last five years
the coaching course
and associated empowering books
Andrew Matthews Being Happy
Julia Cameron,s The Artist Way
Seeing things differently and it's
and earlier pathways to here like
Sue Jeffers'
Feel the fear and do it anyway

But I am doing it whilst maintaining good like
Goal setting 
writing course revision
new book reading
life sieving to jettison bad habits debri

Spending quality time with friends
learning new things
maintaining well being
using the scales to measure
my eating and adjust what I take in
revisiting old goals
and refining them
piano playing
-root more in chords
check out riffing and blues
and broken chords
bass playing
revise bass stave
and tab tunings
 and pattern playing

By sustaining new habits
and old friendships
I have had a good end
to last year and a fresh start
to this one

O.K where was I I before I uploaded all these pictures?
O he yeah I was about to review the offering of the last few days with historical and imperative new year beginnings significance:

I went to the New Museum 
almost a contradiction in terms?
Any way we saw and heard military men in trenches and also had an experience in the round of the stage and emotions of the Beatles success.Jim stood outside Liverpool for a moment and suggested to our minds how exciting to be a tourist experiencing this.

Having set a timer on his mobile we were able though this time management to include useful human interchange cakes caffeine and Chai in costa .As we were going in Matty Paletine former Graphic Design student Southport College was coming in
He quickly spoke of 'Toronto' I think and looked a man of stature.

Hi Matty. A few minutes ago I put a link to this page onto google mail.
So welcome Matthew to this blog.If you are able to upload the single you did with
Dave and then pass me the youtube link t'would be excellent to see the nose fall off again in the middle of your rendition of Nothin compares -brilliant and a Christmas card for our final year at Southport.

So then James Rae and I did a sort of goal setting and life review as well as a stepping out of routine
inot the new year list of goals.Now going to mueums& being in one of them.Well done sir!

 For my birthday this year my son Robert sent me two Elbow cds and I performed Starlings at Sweetpea during the riots coincidentally.Jim of Reverbs and Firewalkers association soaked up the Merseybeat bit of the New Museum.Whilst in Costa I shared with Jim a way of drawing that is useful for instant drawing viz do not lift your pen and you see more just stay in touch with what you are seeing and unfolding the wiry line
Yesterday was new year's day.Jim had phoned to invite me to the White Lion for the eve but I was already going to Anne Myers hoping it would be musical I was taking my accoustic bass guitar.Howver it was a more quiet affair so I regretted not telling and taking John Broughall who would have enjoyed the loving inclusion.
Lovely food gentle converstion and comapanionship. I spoke with Mike Brady a fesh and delighted delightful Christian who has benefitted and is blossoming from the Alpha course(run by George Ryan) and his stepping into Church.A Gardener I taught him a little guitar  and now go his redesigning his gardening business I will upload his card her later .
My friend George Ryan who I called St. George when uploading a video three years ago was giving a sermon in URC church

George's sermon was so good I wrote the gist of it out on guitar tuition business cards all I could find in my pocket.The sermon was about Jonah an important book as Jesus refered to it being the only sign they were going to get from him and it was Jonah was in the whale for three days and then brought salvation to his particular broood of vipers just as Jesus was about to do by being dead for three days
He spoke of a whole unread book of the bible Nahum describing the brood of vipers of these people.

After church I went for a walk finding my friend John to be ourt and I met George who was seeking marvelous medicine in one stop we think we found it wrapped in different swaddling graphics and hopefully bearing myyrhth ful joy amen

I spoke with him and about the Gift Yet To Discover venture.Then I went along the coast and met at the base of Melloncroft Sandra Kirkham who was hosting a gathering of jive bunnies who were out walking.

I enjoyed a further walk and then scouse juke box bread pudding with apricots .
Smiles joy laughte and balancing act as the kitchen was squeezed and stirred into Bonding miraculously and with fun wowsers I want to join.

I found myself unable to stop chatting about the GROW model to George then Mike and now Sandra

So then museum with chat to Jim about playing my bass when he gigs
enjoying a goals sheet he has made
modelling his jettisonning behaviour he is throwing bad habits and unwanted bit n pieces out

Encouraged by Mike to use various cafes and to 
put the business cards in them all
George said the same
and enthusiasm to walk and jive with Sandra Kirkham's group
also I spoke with Jo Martin going to get violin lessons too.

When I scanned the lolly pop lady  as research for James Rae's Regenda project research
I must have saved it with the text shown respecting Isaiah
just blown it up so we can mutually read it 

So then let us make a difference there are gifts yet to discover.

30 Things to Stop Doing to Yourself

When you stop chasing the wrong things you give
the right things a chance to catch you.
As Maria Robinson once said, “Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending.”  Nothing could be closer to the truth.  But before you can begin this process of transformation you have to stop doing the things that have been holding you back.
Here are some ideas to get you started:
  1. Stop spending time with the wrong people. – Life is too short to spend time with people who suck the happiness out of you.  If someone wants you in their life, they’ll make room for you.  You shouldn’t have to fight for a spot.  Never, ever insist yourself to someone who continuously overlooks your worth.  And remember, it’s not the people that stand by your side when you’re at your best, but the ones who stand beside you when you’re at your worst that are your true friends.
  2. Stop running from your problems. – Face them head on.  No, it won’t be easy.  There is no person in the world capable of flawlessly handling every punch thrown at them.  We aren’t supposed to be able to instantly solve problems.  That’s not how we’re made.  In fact, we’re made to get upset, sad, hurt, stumble and fall.  Because that’s the whole purpose of living – to face problems, learn, adapt, and solve them over the course of time.  This is what ultimately molds us into the person we become.
  3. Stop lying to yourself. – You can lie to anyone else in the world, but you can’t lie to yourself.  Our lives improve only when we take chances, and the first and most difficult chance we can take is to be honest with ourselves.  Read The Road Less Traveled.
  4. Stop putting your own needs on the back burner. – The most painful thing is losing yourself in the process of loving someone too much, and forgetting that you are special too.  Yes, help others; but help yourself too.  If there was ever a moment to follow your passion and do something that matters to you, that moment is now.
  5. Stop trying to be someone you’re not. – One of the greatest challenges in life is being yourself in a world that’s trying to make you likeeveryone else.  Someone will always be prettier, someone will always be smarter, someone will always be younger, but they will never be you.  Don’t change so people will like you.  Be yourself and the right people will love the real you.
  6. Stop trying to hold onto the past. – You can’t start the next chapter of your life if you keep re-reading your last one.
  7. Stop being scared to make a mistake. – Doing something and getting it wrong is at least ten times more productive than doing nothing.  Every success has a trail of failures behind it, and every failure is leading towards success.  You end up regretting the things you did NOT do far more than the things you did.
  8. Stop berating yourself for old mistakes. – We may love the wrong person and cry about the wrong things, but no matter how things go wrong, one thing is for sure, mistakes help us find the person and things that are right for us.  We all make mistakes, have struggles, and even regret things in our past.  But you are not your mistakes, you are not your struggles, and you are here NOW with the power to shape your day and your future.  Every single thing that has ever happened in your life is preparing you for a moment that is yet to come.
  9. Stop trying to buy happiness. – Many of the things we desire are expensive.  But the truth is, the things that really satisfy us are totally free – love, laughter and working on our passions.
  10. Stop exclusively looking to others for happiness. – If you’re not happy with who you are on the inside, you won’t be happy in a long-term relationship with anyone else either.  You have to create stability in your own life first before you can share it with someone else.  Read Stumbling on Happiness.
  11. Stop being idle. – Don’t think too much or you’ll create a problem that wasn’t even there in the first place.  Evaluate situations and take decisive action.  You cannot change what you refuse to confront.  Making progress involves risk.  Period!  You can’t make it to second base with your foot on first.
  12. Stop thinking you’re not ready. – Nobody ever feels 100% ready when an opportunity arises.  Because most great opportunities in life force us to grow beyond our comfort zones, which means we won’t feel totally comfortable at first.
  13. Stop getting involved in relationships for the wrong reasons. – Relationships must be chosen wisely.  It’s better to be alone than to be in bad company.  There’s no need to rush.  If something is meant to be, it will happen – in the right time, with the right person, and for the best reason. Fall in love when you’re ready, not when you’re lonely.
  14. Stop rejecting new relationships just because old ones didn’t work. – In life you’ll realize that there is a purpose for everyone you meet.  Some will test you, some will use you and some will teach you.  But most importantly, some will bring out the best in you.
  15. Stop trying to compete against everyone else. – Don’t worry about what others doing better than you.  Concentrate on beating your own records every day.  Success is a battle between YOU and YOURSELF only.
  16. Stop being jealous of others. – Jealousy is the art of counting someone else’s blessings instead of your own.  Ask yourself this:  “What’s something I have that everyone wants?”
  17. Stop complaining and feeling sorry for yourself. – Life’s curveballs are thrown for a reason – to shift your path in a direction that is meant for you.  You may not see or understand everything the moment it happens, and it may be tough.  But reflect back on those negative curveballs thrown at you in the past.  You’ll often see that eventually they led you to a better place, person, state of mind, or situation.  So smile!  Let everyone know that today you are a lot stronger than you were yesterday, and you will be.
  18. Stop holding grudges. – Don’t live your life with hate in your heart.  You will end up hurting yourself more than the people you hate.  Forgiveness is not saying, “What you did to me is okay.”  It is saying, “I’m not going to let what you did to me ruin my happiness forever.”  Forgiveness is the answer… let go, find peace, liberate yourself!  And remember, forgiveness is not just for other people, it’s for you too.  If you must, forgive yourself, move on and try to do better next time.
  19. Stop letting others bring you down to their level. – Refuse to lower your standards to accommodate those who refuse to raise theirs.
  20. Stop wasting time explaining yourself to others. – Your friends don’t need it and your enemies won’t believe it anyway.  Just do what you know in your heart is right.
  21. Stop doing the same things over and over without taking a break. – The time to take a deep breath is when you don’t have time for it.  If you keep doing what you’re doing, you’ll keep getting what you’re getting.  Sometimes you need to distance yourself to see things clearly.
  22. Stop overlooking the beauty of small moments. – Enjoy the little things, because one day you may look back and discover they were the big things.  The best portion of your life will be the small, nameless moments you spend smiling with someone who matters to you.
  23. Stop trying to make things perfect. – The real world doesn’t reward perfectionists, it rewards people who get things done.  Read Getting Things Done.
  24. Stop following the path of least resistance. – Life is not easy, especially when you plan on achieving something worthwhile.  Don’t take the easy way out.  Do something extraordinary.
  25. Stop acting like everything is fine if it isn’t. – It’s okay to fall apart for a little while.  You don’t always have to pretend to be strong, and there is no need to constantly prove that everything is going well.  You shouldn’t be concerned with what other people are thinking either – cry if you need to – it’s healthy to shed your tears.  The sooner you do, the sooner you will be able to smile again.
  26. Stop blaming others for your troubles. – The extent to which you can achieve your dreams depends on the extent to which you take responsibility for your life.  When you blame others for what you’re going through, you deny responsibility – you give others power over that part of your life.
  27. Stop trying to be everything to everyone. – Doing so is impossible, and trying will only burn you out.  But making one person smile CAN change the world.  Maybe not the whole world, but their world.  So narrow your focus.
  28. Stop worrying so much. – Worry will not strip tomorrow of its burdens, it will strip today of its joy.  One way to check if something is worth mulling over is to ask yourself this question: “Will this matter in one year’s time?  Three years?  Five years?”  If not, then it’s not worth worrying about.
  29. Stop focusing on what you don’t want to happen. – Focus on what you do want to happen.  Positive thinking is at the forefront of every great success story.  If you awake every morning with the thought that something wonderful will happen in your life today, and you pay close attention, you’ll often find that you’re right.
  30. Stop being ungrateful. – No matter how good or bad you have it, wake up each day thankful for your life.  Someone somewhere else is desperately fighting for theirs.  Instead of thinking about what you’re missing, try thinking about what you have that everyone else is missing.
  31. Isaiah 61

    The Year of the LORD’s Favor
     1 The Spirit of the Sovereign LORD is on me, 
       because the LORD has anointed me 
       to proclaim good news to the poor. 
    He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, 
       to proclaim freedom for the captives 
       and release from darkness for the prisoners,[a] 
    2 to proclaim the year of the LORD’s favor 
       and the day of vengeance of our God, 
    to comfort all who mourn, 
     3 and provide for those who grieve in Zion— 
    to bestow on them a crown of beauty 
       instead of ashes, 
    the oil of joy 
       instead of mourning, 
    and a garment of praise 
       instead of a spirit of despair. 
    They will be called oaks of righteousness, 
       a planting of the LORD 
       for the display of his splendor.


Isaiah 61

The Year of the LORD’s Favor
 1 The Spirit of the Sovereign LORD is on me, 
   because the LORD has anointed me 
   to proclaim good news to the poor. 
He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, 
   to proclaim freedom for the captives 
   and release from darkness for the prisoners,[a] 
2 to proclaim the year of the LORD’s favor 
   and the day of vengeance of our God, 
to comfort all who mourn, 
 3 and provide for those who grieve in Zion— 
to bestow on them a crown of beauty 
   instead of ashes, 
the oil of joy 
   instead of mourning, 
and a garment of praise 
   instead of a spirit of despair. 
They will be called oaks of righteousness, 
   a planting of the LORD 

   for the display of his splendor.

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