Greynaissance …..

by Sunil Bali. 17-09-2017

Its my birthday at the end of this month. It’s reached the stage where the candles cost more than the cake.

In my greynaissance period, I find that simplicity keeps me happy and the words of the impressionist painter Philip Hoffman resonate ever more loudly: "I eliminate the unnecessary, so that the necessary may speak."

After all, there are only seven colours in the rainbow and look what Michelangelo did with these.

And there are only seven notes in music, but this didn’t stop Mozart from creating his masterpieces.

I think Leonardo da Vinci was right when he said that, "Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication."

So my advice to young or old is to KISS ….. Keep It Simple Sweetheart.



- Eating too much Pi increases your circumference.

- Surgeon to Kim Kardashian: "I removed your ego as it was blocking your reality."

- I saw a flying saucer today ….. It followed the flying cup that my wife threw at me.

- I was delighted when the Tax authorities wrote to me and said that my tax return was "outstanding," especially since I don’t even remember sending it in.


Live big & love deep.


Steve Jobs on fear …..

by Sunil Bali. 10-09-2017

Although we’re only born with two fears – the fear of falling and the fear of loud noises – research shows that the number of things we fear increase as we get older.

Whether its touching a spider, making a speech or asking for a date, societal conditioning makes us fear rejection and failure.

Every time he was faced with a big choice, Steve Jobs asked himself, “What would I do if this was the last day of my life?"

He met his wife, Laurene like that.

Jobs was giving a university address and Laurene was sitting in the audience. He fell for her and wanted to take Laurene out for dinner that very night, but was afraid that she would say no and kidded himself that he had to attend a business meeting. On his way back to his car, Jobs asked himself “What would I do if this was the last day of my life?” He ran back to the auditorium, found Laurene and took her out to dinner.

They remained together until he died.

At his funeral, Jobs ensured that everyone in attendance received a copy of Paramahansa Yogananda’s The Autobiography of a Yogi.

One of the key pillars of this book is the concept of detached engagement which in essence means,

- forget about what might happen,

- focus solely on the task at hand, and

- emerge the other side of your fear

….. having done what you wanted.



A man and his wife walked into a dentist’s office.

The man said to the dentist, “Doc, I’m in a big hurry! I have two friends sitting in my car waiting for us to go play golf. So forget about the anaesthetic and just pull the tooth.”

We have a 10am tee time and it’s 9:30 already. I don’t have time to wait for the anaesthetic to work!”

The dentist thought to himself, "What a very brave man asking to have his tooth pulled without using anything to kill the pain.”

So the dentist asked him, “Which tooth is it sir?"

The man turned to his wife and said, “Open your mouth honey, and show him".


Live big & love deep.


Pig wrestling …..

by Sunil Bali. 03-09-2017

Whilst on holiday in the US I got chatting to an old Kentucky farmer named Bo who told me, “Never wrestle with a pig. You both get dirty, and the pig likes it."

Our conversation was about how important relationships are to being happy and successful.

Upon learning of my daughter Yasmin’s brilliant exam results, Bo said to her, "You’re clearly a bright kid, but I suspect that you also put your eggs in the right baskets."

Bo was right ….. the right friends, the right teachers and the right attitude.



The Great Eggscape

- A guy I know, Gavin, died from drinking too much antacid, I can’t believe Gaviscon.

- I decided to sell my Hoover ….. well it was just collecting dust.

- My pet mouse Elvis has died. He was caught in a trap.

- Wife to friend: “My husband knows absolutely nothing about cooking. He thinks that poached eggs are illegal."


Live big & love deep.


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