by Sunil Bali, 14-02-16

An educational psychologist recently told me that many schools leavers have difficulty figuring out who they are, because they’ve spent their last decade forgetting who they are.

As John Lennon said, "Every child is an artist until he’s told he’s not an artist."

Over the years the clean slate that we’re born with becomes stained by other people’s statements on the way we should live our lives.

Although we’re only born with two fears – falling and loud noises – growing up we become conditioned to fear failure, fear being rejected and fear what might happen in the future.

But fear is simply nature’s way of reminding us that we’ve disengaged from our soul.

It’s as we express our true nature and who we really are, that we define ourselves from the inside and those outside flock to our authenticity.

So clean the slate, break the chains of conditioning, and be who you were when you were a youngster.

Bring forth the unadulterated joy of the sandpit.

I’ll leave the last word to Picasso who said, "It took me four years to paint like Raphael, but a lifetime to paint like a child."




Despite telling her three teenage daughters not to leave lipstick kisses on the bathroom mirror they kept doing so.

Exasperated, she called her daughters into the bathroom and explained how difficult it was to get the lipstick off the mirror.

To demonstrate this the mother took out a long handled squeegee, dipped it in the toilet, and cleaned the mirror with it.

Since then there have been no lipstick kisses on the mirror.


Whenever it rains my husband stands at the window looking sad.

Maybe I should let him in.