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Nick Smith
My passion is helping people transcend their troubles and perceived limitations.
My passion is helping people transcend their troubles and perceived limitations.

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Holes of Happiness

This is short, but sweet, little film about public reaction to some pothole gardens that have been planted around East London. More here:

I hope you peeps are all happy and well. :)
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Ronald Reagan's marriage advice to his son

It is my lovely friend +jane mizrahi's 25th wedding anniversary today... and, rather fittingly, in an email newsletter this morning, I came across this sweet little letter sent my Ronald Reagan to his 26-year-old son, Michael, just before he got married, in June 1971.

Happy anniversary to you are your hubs, Jane!   :)

Source: Reagan: A Life In Letters (
Michael Reagan
Manhattan Beach, California
June 1971

Dear Mike:

Enclosed is the item I mentioned (with which goes a torn up IOU). I could stop here but I won't.

You've heard all the jokes that have been rousted around by all the "unhappy marrieds" and cynics. Now, in case no one has suggested it, there is another viewpoint. You have entered into the most meaningful relationship there is in all human life. It can be whatever you decide to make it.

Some men feel their masculinity can only be proven if they play out in their own life all the locker-room stories, smugly confident that what a wife doesn't know won't hurt her. The truth is, somehow, way down inside, without her ever finding lipstick on the collar or catching a man in the flimsy excuse of where he was till three A.M., a wife does know, and with that knowing, some of the magic of this relationship disappears. There are more men griping about marriage who kicked the whole thing away themselves than there can ever be wives deserving of blame. There is an old law of physics that you can only get out of a thing as much as you put in it. The man who puts into the marriage only half of what he owns will get that out. Sure, there will be moments when you will see someone or think back to an earlier time and you will be challenged to see if you can still make the grade, but let me tell you how really great is the challenge of proving your masculinity and charm with one woman for the rest of your life. Any man can find a twerp here and there who will go along with cheating, and it doesn't take all that much manhood. It does take quite a man to remain attractive and to be loved by a woman who has heard him snore, seen him unshaven, tended him while he was sick and washed his dirty underwear. Do that and keep her still feeling a warm glow and you will know some very beautiful music. If you truly love a girl, you shouldn't ever want her to feel, when she sees you greet a secretary or a girl you both know, that humiliation of wondering if she was someone who caused you to be late coming home, nor should you want any other woman to be able to meet your wife and know she was smiling behind her eyes as she looked at her, the woman you love, remembering this was the woman you rejected even momentarily for her favors. 

Mike, you know better than many what an unhappy home is and what it can do to others. Now you have a chance to make it come out the way it should. There is no greater happiness for a man than approaching a door at the end of a day knowing someone on the other side of that door is waiting for the sound of his footsteps.



P.S. You'll never get in trouble if you say "I love you" at least once a day.
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Stillness in the midst of the storm

I love the whole flash-mob / public-improv thing.  Seeing the bemusement and delight on the faces of the 'innocent victims' caught up in them, just does it for me. Here's one that was a little different though.  

A year ago, a flashmob of people meditating was cretead in London's Trafalgar Square. The surprising thing was that although everyone there at the start (it lasted 30 minutes) had signed up for it, the numbers soon swelled with on-lookers who just joined in.

Naseem Khan -- who was very sceptical before hand -- wrote this about it in The Guardian:

"Across the square, from all sides, apparently uninvolved idlers strode forward purposefully to the designated area between the two large fountains. It was like Superman suddenly emerging from unobtrusive Clark Kent – or rather, around a hundred or so Supermen.

It was simple to be impelled along on that sudden wave and to just sit down among the throng. And a deep silence immediately arose. I was astonished. There was a sense of naturalness and openness. The steady sound of the water in the two fountains, the grumble of traffic masked behind them, and a light hither and thither breeze. It felt not so much a comment on mad commercial London but more a coexistence with it – unifying in its effect rather than polarising

I think we should do this more often.  Have a lovely new week everyOne.  :)
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The joy of knowing that you're the not the only crazy one

"There is an almost sensual longing for communion with others who have a larger vision. The immense fulfilment of the friendships between those engaged in furthering the evolution of consciousness has a quality almost impossible to describe"... Teilhard de Chardin

Friends.. tell me I'm not the only one who experiences this!

I've long said that in making 'evolution of consciousness' the main thing, and then keeping this 'main thing' the main thing -- in our work, our art, our businesses, our relationships, etc -- all sorts of serendipitous wonders arise to support this decision.  And the same principle applies to products, services and our use of technology too.  

There are little cells within our more open organisations that seem to get this already.

The guys and gals at Facebook use the term “Serotonin” (a bonding hormone released by the brain in moments of intimacy - in design reviews, and ask, “Where's the serotonin in this?”... meaning, “how will this new feature engender those feelings of warmth and joy from deep connection?”

And at Google too, +Chade-Meng Tan developed a 'search engine' that, instead of scanning the web, scans within our mind. Called 'Search Inside Yourself', it's a training course for Google people to foster inner peace. (It's now also a book:

'Joy of deep connection' and 'evolution of consciousness' are two sides of the same coin. You can't have one without the other. But it's in taking the bold step to allow this principle to take centre stage and let it be it's own reward -- rather than be a means to an end (for example: to get users to return, or to retain employees) -- that its true power is revealed... because at a fundamental level it's something we call all relate to and draw inspiration from.  

This shift is at a higher level that the ones we are used to making. It changes everything because it's a change in context, within which the content (the flow of thought, feelings and perceptions) of our experience unfolds.  And so this is also the beginning of new kind of story we tell ─ of being true creators, and of being a light that helps others see these possibilities too.

But then again, maybe this is just another crazy fool idea. ;)

#Glia   #Google   #Facebook
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Gotta let your soul shine

I grew up thinkin' that I had it made,
Gonna make it on my own.
Life can take the strongest man,
Make him feel so alone.
Now and then I feel a cold wind,
Blowin' through my achin' bones,
I think back to what my daddy said,
He said "Boy, in the darkness before the dawn..."

Let your soul shine,
It's better than sunshine,
It's better than moonshine,
Damn sure better than rain.
Yeah now people don't mind,
We all get this way sometimes,
Gotta let your soul shine, shine till the break of day.

Sometimes a man can feel this emptiness,
Like a woman has robbed him of his very soul.
A woman too, God knows, she can feel like this.
And when your world seems cold, you got to let your spirit take control.

Let your soul shine
It's better than sunshine...
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Peach's Neet Feet

Madison "Peach" Steiner, custom paints shoes for children who are poorly, and in doing so brings a smile into their life. Her slogan, "From my heART to your sole", says it all.  How lovely she is!
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Hello friends.  I'm just checking in to say 'Hi'.  I've been AWOL from the internet for a while, and just wanted to tell you that I'm looking forward to catching up with you soon... and follow up on notifications (sorry!).

I watched TV last night -- for the first time in a long time -- and enjoyed this unseen footage of our Queen, which I thought some of you history buffs might enjoy.  People are gearing up for a BIG party ( here in the U.K. this next couple of days, which should be great fun.  I hope you have a wonderful time too, whatever you are up to.  

With Love.  Nick
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Seeing the extraordinary within the ordinary

"One does not see anything until one sees its beauty".... Oscar Wilde
"If the doors of perception were cleansed, everything would be seen as it is - infinite.".... William Blake

Like the paper bag scene from American Beauty ( this amateur video points to a seeing that goes beyond our normal perception of physical things... to recognise the unbroken wholeness that is animating the whole show, and within which all appearances appear.

Ever notice how life is constantly trying to get our attention? It continuously tries to wake us from our pre-occupation with the story of our life, to recognise that our story is just that - a story... and instead know our life as this flow of energetic intelligence and Love, that we are all immersed in and can identify as.

And yet we manage to keep trampling on this ever present flower of Beingness. While ever we do, we continue to mistake appearances for reality and know nothing, because nothing is separate... and so we remain oblivious to how unbelievably connected and influential we really are.

So here's to enjoying the extraordinary within the ordinary this coming week. I hope it is a wonderful one for you. :)

Credit: video by 18 year old Dietrich Ludwig
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Good morning everyOne

This Danish flash mob would be the perfect start to my working day. BTW, lovely picture on the baby's face at the end. :)

Hat tip and thank you to +Linda Zimmerman and +Satyajeet Salgar
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I don't mind
"Life has no other discipline to impose, if we would but realize it, than to accept life unquestioningly. Everything we shut our eyes to, everything we run away from, everything we deny, denigrate or despise, serves to defeat us in the end. What seems nasty, painful, evil, can become a source of beauty, joy and strength, if faced with an open mind. Every moment is a golden one for him who has the vision to recognize it as such."..... - Henry Miller

I'm not into the whole guru / master thing, but neither do I knock if that's what hits the button for you. Regardless of the means, I get a jab of joy when I come across someone 'waking up' to recognise the beauty and power they have always had, and now open to be moved by Inspiration... as with the lady in this video.

Her words, "I don't mind", are significant to me. Many moons ago, in a moment of despair, I asked the wisest person I've known, 'When would I eventually be free?'

The response I got back was not at all what I wanted to hear. In fact, it sounded discouraging and quite cruel. "In the moment that you find nothing unacceptable", was the answer given me. How ridiculous and unreasonable... and what about all the horrors in the world? Should I not mind those!

What I didn't realise then is that to condemn, is to bind things to the way thing are. To accept something or someone completely, is to help set them free.

When we can truthfully say, "I don't mind" what is there to trouble us? There's an incredible incorruptible peace that flows from this decision. From here, we are no longer bound -- like Sisyphus -- to needing to manage, or exert control, in our life. We can radiate instead. This, to me, is freedom... because now we can be truly influential, and helpful.

I maybe away from here for a week or so. In the meantime enjoy yourSelf and have fun. :)
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