Cybermen, (coincidental) smileys and spam! A few of my personal highlights from May 2023, captured in tiny wee snapshots.
It’s a privilege
How do you feel about the passage of time?
When was the last time that you felt truly at peace with the world? Why don’t you feel this way more often?
Nothing superior, nothing inferior
Does the lens through which you view the world distort what is truly there in front of you?
MJCarty snapshots April 2023
Robins and rainbows, sunflowers and Wodehouse! A few of my personal highlights from April 2023, captured in tiny wee snapshots.
In the present moving forwards
How do you feel when you see signs of the world changing from the one you you grew up in, the world you might have thought would be around forever?
Equality is fragile
We can never take equality for granted. Any progress towards equality is always at risk of being reversed. Prejudice will always find new forms.
New life emerging
How do you perceive the present moment? You can sometimes see in the present moment both the fading of the world that came before and the new life that will take its place emerging.
Gentle reader: Has there ever been a moment in your life when you realised that you had stepped into a new world? That everything had changed?
MJCarty snapshots March 2023
Mistaken identity, unseasonal snow and my half-century! A few of my personal highlights from March 2023, captured in tiny wee snapshots.
How to make purposeful change
You are changing every moment of your life, whether you like it or not. But purposeful change is different. You can choose to change something – or everything – in your life.
Mental health: Night and day
An update on how I’m doing, a year into this mental health journey. There is always hope. You can turn it all around. Day can (and more than likely will) always follow night.
In this moment, what are you most thankful for? Today is my 50th birthday. I feel nothing but gratitude to be here. To all of you beautiful souls that I have met along the way, thank you.
MJCarty snapshots February 2023
Badgers, beautiful winter sunrises and punk/DIY philosophies for the modern era… A selection of my personal highlights from February 2023, captured in tiny wee snapshots.
Listening can be the most valuable thing you might ever do. Listening can make all the difference.
Our future history
Our future history is not set in stone. It is shaped by what we do and how we treat others. What will you do today that might help shape your future history?
Shaking the stuckness
What do you do when you feel stuck? When you want to put pen to paper, but the words just refuse to flow. How do you shake the stuckness?
Every person, every soul
What should you expect of every person, every soul? What should every person, every soul expect of you?
Nothing is real?
John Lennon’s Beatles masterpiece Strawberry Fields Forever tells us “nothing is real”. Kevin Barry’s beautiful Lennon novel Beatlebone suggests nothing is real except the present moment.
Never give 100%?
Is constantly giving our all – always seeing 100% as the bare minimum – the wisest or most sustainable approach to life and to work?
Always move forward. Always engage with the reality and the beauty of life, the opportunities of change and growth that today and tomorrow offer us.
Joy & love & gratitude & kindness
Happy new year, gentle reader. Welcome to 2023. Welcome to today. How will you approach this new year? How will you approach this new day?
MJCarty.com: Top 5 posts of 2022
I present the five most-read posts of 2022 on MJCarty.com. If you have taken the time to read any words on this wee blog of mine this year, you have my heartfelt gratitude.
When everyday life grinds to a sudden halt, how do you respond to the frozen world? Your reaction to these rare moments of absolute peace can tell you so much about yourself.
Life is forever fresh, forever new. It might take a change of perspective to appreciate this. But life offers so many moments of re-entry, so many chances to start afresh.
The sun will return
The sun will return. No matter how dark the night. No matter how dark the mood. No matter how dark the moment. The sun will return.
What simple things mean the world to you? A simple wee post about the simple joy of finding time for the simple things.
Alas, poor Twitter?
Twitter: Is the outlook terminal? If the time of the tweet is drawing to a close, will you mourn Twitter?
Mastodon FAQ: Toot sweet?
Mastodon: the next big thing in social media? Here, I attempt to answer some frequently asked questions for new Mastodon users or the Mastodon-curious.
Brevity is next to godliness. There is tremendous power in making your case with the fewest – but best chosen – words possible.
Every day of your life has the potential to be momentous in its own little way. Every day of your life marks the point at which the rest of your life begins.
Like university finals forever
When stress gets out of hand, it can feel as if the stressful times will never end. How do you deal with stress?
What stories do you tell yourself?
How do you make sense of the changing world around you? What stories do you tell yourself about the world as you see it? Are they the stories you truly need to hear?
Gentle reader: How are you coping with all that you are going through, right now? If you feel like you need help, never be afraid to seek it.
David Ogilvy’s genius: Of great writing, giants and Russian dolls
David Ogilvy was the advertising genius of the 20th Century. He was also generous in sharing his wisdom on the art of writing.
Mental health: Six things I’ve learnt in 2022
If you are experiencing mental health issues, you are not alone. You are never alone. Here are some things I have learnt about mental health issues over the first six months of my ongoing mental health journey.
Anxiety: Your own worst enemy
A post inspired by some wonderful and insightful words on anxiety from two very different people: TV chef Nadiya Hussain and novelist Robert Harris.
Happiness, more or less?
How happy do you feel, in this moment? What brings happiness to your world? What is the secret to happiness for you?
Gentle reader, a simple question: How open and honest are you? With others? With yourself?
At the heart of things
What are you left with when things fall apart? What is at the heart of things for you? What truly guides you?
In our darkest hours
Gentle reader: As we enter the second half of 2022, how are you feeling? Truly and honestly? If you find yourself in dark hours, remember that the brilliant light within yourself can never be dimmed.