The Zen of Popeye

by Sunil Bali. 15-07-2018

As a kid I used to enjoy watching Popeye cartoons.

His catchphrase was "I am what I am and that’s all I am, I’m Popeye the sailor man."

The inference being that Popeye is just being himself. Equal to everyone, but superior to no one.

There is a Zen maxim which states, "All things exist to express what they are."

On Old MacDonald’s Farm, the ducks go quack, the dogs go woof and the cows go moo.

The dogs don’t moo, the ducks don’t woof and the cows don’t quack.

When it comes to humans we all have:

- A spiritual nature which includes the expression of love, joy, compassion and creativity which makes us happy.

- An animal nature which includes the basic human need for food, shelter and sleep.

- A personality with a blend of desires, talents and traits which is unique to us.

Expressing your true voice and uniqueness is liberating and invigorating.

In short, be what you are.

Because, the more you do who you are, the happier and more successful you’ll be.



  • The tiles, A, E, I, O, and U were discovered in a dead scrabble players stomach, vowel play is suspected.
  • A Mexican stuntman died while making a film, at the funeral his mother approached the director and said,”Jesus died for your scenes."
  • The guy who invented the umbrella was going to call it the ‘brella’. But he hesitated.
  • A chap on a tractor just drove past me shouting, “The end of the world is nigh!!!"    ….. I think it was Farmer Geddon.


Live big & love deep.


Kill by mouth …..

by Sunil Bali. 08-07-2018

During our lifetime, we spend more time speaking to ourselves than we do to any other person.

Harvard psychologist Shawn Achor says that the most important conversations we ever have, are the ones that we have with our self. Primarily, because the relationship we have with our self influences the relationships that we have with others.

Achor’s research for his bestselling book "Before Happiness", reveals that we often speak to ourselves worse than we speak to our worst enemy.

Achor asks, "Ever loved someone so much that you would do anything for them? Well how about making that someone yourself?"

My advice?

Slap a mental preservation order on your mind, so that no changes can be made to its innately unadulterated nature without the consent of your soul.

And remember, that any conversation that costs you your peace of mind is too expensive



- Independent: a locket which has your photo inside.

- What do you call a fat psychic? A four chin teller.

- I had three bowls of alphabetti spaghetti and had the biggest vowel movement I’ve ever had.


Live big & love deep.


You had me at hello …..

by Sunil Bali. 01-07-2018

In the wonderful film Jerry Maguire, Tom Cruise comes to Renee Zellweger’s house while she’s with a group of friends and launches into a long speech about why he wants to be with her. When Cruise is in full flow she says “Shut up. You had me at hello." (2 min video clip)

There’s a mountain of research which shows that people make judgements within the first 30 seconds of meeting them.

Konrad Lorenz discovered that baby geese, goslings become attached to the first moving thing that they encounter.

We humans form opinions just as quickly using a part of our brain called the adaptive unconscious which processes large amounts of data very quickly, warns us of danger and triggers the flight or flight response in the amygdala.

One of the worst first impressions anyone has made on me is by a recruitment consultant. The chap was wearing trousers which finished a couple of inches above the ankle, shoes which had been worn on a building site and hair which had never been introduced to a comb.

After our very brief meeting, I noticed that my right hand was sticky. Apparently he had been eating a jam doughnut in reception!

You only get one chance to make a first impression so make sure its a great one.




Live big & love deep.


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