The Wisdom of Monty Python …..

by Sunil Bali, 26-08-18

Whilst they’re best known for lumberjack confessions, parrot mortality, and the life of Brian, the men from Monty Python have also uttered many words of wisdom:

John Cleese

- He who laughs most, learns best.

- If you want creative workers, give them enough time to play.

- Nothing will stop you being creative more effectively as the fear of making a mistake.

- Creativity is not a talent. It is a way of operating.

- We don’t know where we get our ideas from. What we do know is that we do not get them from our laptops.

- This is the extraordinary thing about creativity: If just you keep your mind resting against the subject in a friendly but persistent way, sooner or later you will get a reward from your unconscious.

Michael Palin

- The Buddhist version of poverty is a situation where you feel you have nothing to contribute. Not even a smile or a few kind words.

- What do I enjoy? I enjoy writing, I enjoy travelling, I enjoy my family, but more than anything I enjoy the feeling of seeing each day used to the full to actually create something.

Eric Idle

When you’re chewing on life’s gristle
Don’t grumble, give a whistle
And this’ll help things turn out for the best

And always look on the bright side of life
Always look on the light side of life

If life seems jolly rotten
There’s something you’ve forgotten
And that’s to laugh and smile and dance and sing
When you’re feeling in the dumps
Don’t be silly chumps
Just purse your lips and whistle, that’s the thing

And always look on the bright side of life (3 min video) …..


  • I decided not to eat the poultry in case it wasn’t fresh – chicken doubt.
  • Rock band Dyslexia have just released an album of their Greatest 5hit.
  • The Doctor told me I was going deaf. It was a very difficult thing to hear.
  • What do you call a Hippies wife? Mississippi.
  • The Lord moves in mysterious ways, but you don’t have to ….. Use your indicator.


Live big & love deep.


What’s up grillfriend …..

by Sunil Bali, 19-08-18

The sun is shining in Blighty and the barbecues are out, but it’s not just the sausages that are sizzling. Someone’s temper is reaching boiling point because…..

1. The woman buys the food.

2. The woman makes the salad, prepares the vegetables and makes dessert.

3. The woman prepares the meat for cooking and takes it to the man who is lounging beside the grill, beer in hand.

Here comes the important part:


5. The woman goes inside to organise the plates and cutlery.

6. The woman comes out to tell the man that the meat is burning. He thanks her and asks if she will bring another beer, while he deals with the situation.


8. The woman prepares the plates, salad, bread, utensils, napkins, sauces and brings them to the table.

9. After eating, the woman clears the table and does the dishes.

10. Everyone PRAISES THE MAN AND THANKS HIM for his cooking efforts.

11. The man asks the woman how she enjoyed ‘her day off’. And, upon seeing her annoyed reaction, concludes that there’s just no pleasing some women.

In my seminars, I often ask how many people feel over appreciated and how many people feel under appreciated. Out of the thousands of people that I’ve spoken to, not one person has ever raised their hand to the former, but hundreds have raised their hand to the latter.

As the psychologist William James said, "The deepest craving of human nature is the need to be appreciated."

Is there anyone you know, who deserves to know that they’re appreciated?


School exams and reports.

  1. Exam question: “Use the word diploma in a sentence”.
    Pupil: “Our pipes were leaking, so my dad called diploma.”
  2. Teacher: "Who can tell me where Hadrian’s Wall is?"
    Pupil:”I expect it’s around Hadrian’s garden!”
  3. Biology teacher: “What happens when the human body is immersed in water?"
    Student: “The telephone rings”
  4. Teacher: “What does the 1286BC inscription on the mummy’s tomb indicate?"
    Pupil: “Is it the registration number of the car that ran over him?"
  5. Teacher: “Where’s the English Channel?"
    Pupil: “I don’t know. My TV doesn’t pick it up.”
  6. Angry father: “Just look at this report card! Your friend John doesn’t come home with C’s and D’s on his report card!”
    Son: “No. But he’s different. He’s got really smart parents”
  7. “I was thrown out of university in my first year. I cheated in the metaphysics exam. I looked within the soul of the boy sitting next to me.” – Woody Allen.


Live big & love deep.


Beditate …..

by Sunil Bali. 12-08-2018

The human body will self-correct at every opportunity:

- if we’re too hot we sweat

- if we’re too cold we shiver

- if we drink too much fluid our kidneys excrete it

- if eat too much sugar we produce more insulin

Research by Professor William Duggan shows that the human brain has the same self-correcting mechanism, and given time and space will provide clarity and solutions for problems that leave everyday rationality flummoxed. When at its most creative the human brain produces a high level of alpha waves.

Duggan found that worrying blocks the production of alpha waves in the brain which produces beta waves instead, which are associated with stress, introspection and negative thought patterns.

One way to maximize creativity and the production of alpha waves is to beditate.

When you wake up in the morning, instead of running the same old mental patterns about the day ahead, just stop for a few moments, relax and dump your should’s, would’s and could’s. Or as my friend Laurence Shorter says in his excellent book, The Lazy Guru’s Guide to Life, "Stop, tune in, and let go."

And do the same just before you go to bed ….. stop and sync.

It’s amazing how much work you can get done when you’re not thinking.



- Let’s hope Elon Musk doesn’t have a scandal. Elongate would drag on forever.

- What’s blue and doesn’t weigh very much? Light blue.

- I got gas today for $1.49. Unfortunately it was at Burger King.


Live big & love deep.


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