by Sunil Bali, 09-04-2017

"All your dreams are made, when you’re chained to the mirror and the razor blade," sang rock star, philosopher and Ivor Novello award-winning songwriter Noel Gallagher.

When asked where his creativity comes from, Gallagher replied, “In the Church of Gallagher I have a commandment which I never break, “Though shalt not get up before 10am.” And when I do get up, I take ages in the bathroom, not preening myself, but daydreaming in front of the mirror, or in the shower. Most of my best ideas come to me around 10:30am in the bathroom while I’m shaving or having a shower."

Gallagher’s non-active action, reconciles with the Taoist principles of,

  • Wu Wei – effortless effort, and
  • Ziran – natural, innate creativity brought forth by an uncluttered mind.

Confucius was an ardent advocate of spontaneous creativity produced by what he called, the "tortoise mind." This has been backed up my research at Harvard which shows that less thinking and more daydreaming results in higher dopamine levels and new patterns of thought, both of which enhance creativity.

Who would have thought that Confucius and Noel Gallagher would both be Daydream Believers (3 min music video of The Monkees)



  • Procaffeinator – one who puts off tasks until after consuming the days first cup of coffee
  • Instagram – when you put your grandma on speed dial
  • Pasteurise – too far to see
  • I’m going to stand outside. So if anyone asks, I’m outstanding.
  • No matter how far you push the envelope, it will still be stationery.

A policeman stopped me and came up to my window and said, "Papers."

I said, "Scissors, I win," and drove off.

He must be desperate for a re-match because he’s been chasing me for ages.


Live big & love deep.