Why Zebra’s don’t get ulcers …..

by Sunil Bali. 22-04-2018

In his book, "Why Zebra’s don’t get ulcers," psychologist Professor Robert Sapolsky says that what you think not only determines how happy you are, but also how healthy you are.

Sapolsky argues that two weeks vacation to offset a year’s worth of stress isn’t enough.

If you stress daily, then you need to de-stress daily by,

  • reframing situations and choosing one thought over another. Its our greatest weapon against stress.
  • stopping and sitting in silence. The fastest acting and best relief comes from not just slowing down, but stopping and switching off completely.
  • having a purposeless pause at the beginning and end of each day where you surrender to what is, let go of what was, and trust in what will be.

Sapolsky’s research found that sitting in silence separates you from stress, whilst increasing perspective, energy and creativity.

It’s time for my purposeless pause.

Here’s this weeks humour. Until next Sunday …..



As Dave’s company had achieved its best ever results, it was decided that the annual conference would be held in Hawaii.

Soon after landing, Dave was sipping a margarita in the sunshine by the pool overlooking the Pacific.

He then joined the rest of his colleagues at an introductory briefing.

"We’ve arrived in paradise on an all-expenses paid jolly, so why Dave, do you look like death warmed up?" asked Dave’s colleague Simon.

"Just as I was about to text my wife, I heard the call to attend the briefing, so I quickly finished typing my text but didn’t spellcheck it," replied Dave as he passed over his phone to Simon, which read:

We’ve landed in paradise and are enjoying cocktails by the pool. Wish you were her.

  • Antistalking – knowing a person’s movements in order to avoid them.
  • Someone has been dumping soil in my garden ….. the plot thickens.
  • Cashew – the sound of a nut sneezing.
  • Driving my son to school, he said, "What’s the rush? They’re open till 3:30?"


Live big & love deep.



Permission impossible …..

by Sunil Bali. 15-04-2018

Robert had a blue collar upbringing in a poor part of Chicago.

As a kid he loved watching the aeroplanes fly over his house and playing with his parents 8mm home movie camera. At birthdays and holidays he always took it upon himself to create a movie.

When it came to choosing a career, it was either to be a pilot or a film director.

Robert’s parents, however, thought he was wasting his time and said to him, "Don’t you see where you come from? You can’t be a movie director or a pilot. How many pilots and movie directors are there in our neighbourhood?"

Despite his parents disapproval, Robert decided to go to film school.

Today, aged 65, the films of Robert Zemeckis have grossed nearly $5Billion, won numerous Oscars and include "Back to the Future" and "Forrest Gump".

Zemeckis says, "Whether you want to make paper planes for fun or fly planes for a living, the only person you need permission from is yourself."

….. staying alive is good, but feeling alive is better.

Ps. Zemeckis has also fulfilled his ambition of becoming a pilot and frequently flies his private jet.



  • To be honest, the only reason my wife and I are together is the children. Neither of us wanted custody.
  • Henry the 8th’s second wife Anne Boleyn had a brother…… his name was Tenpin.
  • I just found out that I passed my drugs test. My dealer has some explaining to do.


Live big & love deep.



10 Coco Chanel quotes to make you irresistibly bold …..

by Sunil Bali. 08-04-2018

Coco Chanel lived a truly spectacular life. As well as creating one of the most iconic fashion brands in history, Chanel was an ardent advocate of gender equality and freedom of expression.

The forward-thinking designer – née Gabrielle (Coco was her nickname) – was raised in an orphanage where the nuns taught her how to sew, and started her career as a singer in Paris cafes before eventually turning to design.

Her personal life had its twists and turns as did her fashion label. During World War II Chanel was forced to close the business and only re-entered the world of fashion in 1954 when she was 71 years old, because she was bored by the fashion of the time.

Above all else, Chanel was irresistibly bold throughout her life.

Here are ten of her best quotes:

  1. If you’re sad, add more lipstick and attack.
  2. I don’t care what you think about me. I don’t think about you at all.
  3. The most courageous act is to think for yourself.
  4. Elegance is when the inside is as beautiful as the outside.
  5. A girl should be two things. Who and what she wants.
  6. Keep your heels, head and standards high.
  7. Beauty begins the moment you start to think for yourself.
  8. How many cares one loses when one decides to be not something, but someone.
  9. I don’t do fashion. I am fashion. The bags under my eyes are Chanel.
  10. Be with someone who ruins your lipstick and not your mascara.



- Red sky at night, sheds on fire.
Red sky in the morning, sheds still on fire.

- A duck is waiting to cross a busy road.
A chicken walks up to him and says, "Don’t do it, man. You’ll never hear the end of it."

- Why did the cows return to the Marijuana field?
It was the pot calling the cattle back.


Live big & love deep.



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