Born to be wild …..

by Sunil Bali, 14-10-18

Professor of Psychology, Ed Diener, says that "The aim of life is to die young as late as possible."

Here are a few tips on how to do just that:

  1. If you take a £20 note, crumple it up, throw it on the floor, and tread on it a few times, it may be a little dirty and the worst for wear, but it hasn’t lost any of its value. The same is true of you. Remember, what happens to you doesn’t change your value.
  2. Whatever life you have in you, express it. If you have the urge to bake cakes, do stand up comedy, or run a marathon ….. overcome the inertia and do it. The act of expression increases present moment awareness, flow, and therefore happiness.
  3. Take a risk, change your routine and do something which makes your soul soar. Sleep replenishes a tired mind and body, but sleep doesn’t help if its your soul that’s tired.
  4. Make sure that everyday you love someone, believe in something and hope for something. When you’re crystal clear on your why the how tends to show up.
  5. Get outside and get lost in nature because this is our true nature. In evolutionary terms, it wasn’t that long ago that we lived in caves. Humans have become too domesticated and were born to be wild. There maybe no wifi in the forest, but you will find a better connection.



A woman applies for a job in a lemon grove.
"Have you any experience of picking lemons?" asked the foreman.

"I certainly have," replied the woman.

"I’ve been married three times."

Two friends were in the wine section at their local supermarket and one said to the other, "How much do you normally spend on a bottle of wine?"
"About an hour," the friend replied.

My boss asked me, "Do you believe in life after death?"
"Yes," I replied.

"I thought you would," he said. "Yesterday after you left to go to your grandmother’s funeral, she phoned the office asking for you."


Live big & love deep.


Greynaissance …..

by Sunil Bali, 07-10-18

It was my birthday last week. 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."



  • While cooking I accidentally rubbed some herbs in my eyes ….. now I’m parsley sighted.
  • 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.
  • A man has been shot with a starter pistol, police thinks it’s race related.

A doctor on his morning walk, noticed a wrinkled old lady sitting on her front step smoking a cigar, with a huge smile on her face. "I couldn’t help but notice how happy you look! What’s your secret?" asked the doctor.

"Every day I smoke ten cigars, drink a bottle of wine and eat pizzas and burgers. I’ve never done any exercise since the day I left school," replied the old lady.

"That’s absolutely amazing! You must have inherited some great genes. May I ask how old you are?" asked the doctor.

"Thirty-four," she replied.


Live big & love deep.


The Dalai Lama and Ronald McDonald …..

by Sunil Bali, 30-09-18

From a very young age Willard Scott was captivated by the sound of laughter. He decided that making people smile was what he wanted to do when he grew up.

Scott took every opportunity that came along, starting as an errand boy at his local radio station, presenting the weather on TV dressed as a clown, and creating the character Ronald McDonald.

Now a spritely 84 year old, Scott is still a guest presenter for NBC in Florida.

Asked how he always keeps himself so positive, Scott replied, "The Dalai Lama said that positive feelings start when you have a positive vision. I couldn’t agree more. In over 70 years of being a student of smiling, I’ve found that once you’re absolutely clear on why you’re on this beautiful planet and where you’re heading, getting there becomes a whole lot easier. When you’re expressing your true nature, who you really are, your energy, enthusiasm and inspired action will attract the relationships and results that you want."

I’m reminded of Oscar Wilde who said, "Life is too important to be taken seriously," but I’ll leave the last word to Willard Scott whose has a habit of saying,

"A smile has two main properties.

1. It’s a curve which sets things straight and

2. Its the shortest distance between two people."

Which brings me nicely on to this week’s humour …..



When its your lucky day:

- We all know that Einstein was a genius, but his brother Frank was a monster.

- I’m allergic to rice. I’m basmatic.

- The inventor of hard boiled eggs wrapped in sausage meat has just died. RIP Scott Chegg.

And finally …. some award winning one-liners from Stewart Francis (6 min video)


Live big & love deep.


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