Let there be Light in 2018: No 03
14th February 2018
Canadian actress Jenn Proske (Vampires Suck) said: ‘Love yourself. It is important to stay positive because beauty comes from the inside out.’

I hope you have someone to profess your love to today on this Valentine’s Day. Of course you do, but for some reason we can all avoid it for too many mad reasons. Why not choose to be Un- REASON- Abled today and go for it? Valentine’s Day is just an excuse to make it socially ok to spread the sort of fertile muck we should be spreading liberally every day.

Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength. Loving someone deeply gives you courage. Loving the person you have become gives you everything.

If you are struggling to spot someone you love, try looking for the arguments when one of you stormed out or hung up. Look for the hurt. Look for the tears. look for the pain.

Alex Pratt - JP OBE

Let there be Light in 2018: No 02
31st January 2018
Harvard Psychologist Susan David said: “Emotional ability is the ability to be with our emotions.”

Our Generation has had no World War or Great Depression, yet the World Health Organisation states that depression is the single leading cause of disability in the World, outstripping heart-disease and cancer. Our war seems to be internal. Our depression is our lives. How can this be possible?

Perhaps the modern habit of continually embracing false positivity and rigidly denying the data in our midst from our emotions might be the source. It’s normal to be scared. It’s normal to cry. Its normal to suffer grief and loss. It is normal to have regrets. Just as it is normal to laugh and giggle and smile. It’s folly to deny and hide how we feel. Nobody’s Facebook or celebrity life is real. Everybody gets sad from time to time.

Only dead people never get broken-hearted, angry or stressed. Stress is just the price of admission to a meaningful life. Your courage is your fear walking with tears streaming down its cheeks en route to the next belly laugh.

Alex Pratt - JP OBE

Let there be Light in 2018: No 01
16th January 2018
Greek Philosopher Epictetus (55AD) wrote: “It's not what happens to you, but how you react to it that matters.”

This strikes me as a good note on which to contemplate the beginning of 2018.

Have you noticed in recent years that there is a growing propensity to get upset about stuff just because we feel we have justification in being upset, whether angry or sad?

The problem with this is that there are so many possibilities for getting upset and stressed that life becomes mired in all these perceived difficulties and injustices while all the time sailing past the unnoticed joy and fun in our midst.

When was the last time you said to yourself ‘Now, I could decide to get upset about this, but I choose to let this particular emotional grenade pass me by?’

Why not give it a try? In the end all we can control is our reaction to events.

Alex Pratt - JP OBE

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