Tag Archives: Inspiration

Manic Monday – The Week Ahead

I’m knocking the the Murphy’s Law on the head for Mondays. It was getting harder to find stuff to Murphy and besides that everything I wrote about was happening so being that I’m getting a bit sick of that I’m going to try and look ahead on Mondays to more positive stuff.

This week is the start of a busy time with work. There is so much going on and trying to fit family and work in is a struggle anyway. But as usual I’ll attack it like a boss and keep things going as best as I can. I’m not sure what or where the end goal is with this but I’m sure I’ll find it eventually.

My magazine is soooo late! It’s due out in March and we’re now in mid April. I need it out so I can start trying some new techniques for getting more visibility and interest in the site and magazine. I’m hoping I can apply this kind of technique for Planet Simon too, but we’ll see!

It’s pretty warm here right now, it feels more like June than April which is nice but it makes me feel as if we’re heading for wet weather. This is no bad thing though as I love the rain.

What kind of week are you my bloggies hoping for?

Simon 🙂

Two Wolves – A Cherokee Teaching


An old Cherokee is teaching his grandson about life. “A fight is going on inside me,” he said to the boy.

“It is a terrible fight and it is between two wolves. One is evil – he is anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego.” He continued, “The other is good – he is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion, and faith. The same fight is going on inside you – and inside every other person, too.”

The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather, “Which wolf will win?”

The old Cherokee simply replied, “The one you feed.”


This was something I got from the TV a few days ago and I was inspired to share it!

Simon 🙂

Vanquish – The silver lining in my cloud


I’ve spent the last few days not feeling great at all, the stress off everything has been getting to me. For the last couple of days I struggled into work not really 100%. The Spotify decides to not play ball grrr… so I go searching, click on the Two Steps from Hell logo and bugger me sideways! They’ve only just released a new album – Vanquish.

I’ve been searching, looking and keeping an eye out all year to find out what they’ve been up to and now it’s here! Finally and the name sounds amazing. It gets better when I listen to each of the tracks, inspired music to pick me up Fall of the Fountain world, Pegasus, Vanquish and New world Order are the first four tracks, totally inspirational listening with magical vocals where needed – I already feel better.

I’ve even been kind enough to post the link to the album for you Spotify listeners:

Vanquish – Two Steps from Hell

I’ve been waiting all year for this and they deliver when I need it most – thanks for screwing up Spotify or I might not have found it – every cloud has a silver lining. I realise that now!

Great work Thomas and Nick!

Simon 🙂

Jumping on a Hate Bandwagon

How may people reading this have been the subject of bullying or intimdation, not just by one person, but a number of people? I can imagine quite a few. The thing with it is though, why oh why is it that when one person decided to hate, that a whole load of other jump on the bandwagon?

Back in 2014 I had the dis-pleasure of working for a guy called Jim. He had done me a good turn and had given me a job when I needed one, I was grateful. But suddenly things beyond my control happened and at a time when I needed some emotional support he metaphorically and repeatedly kicked me when I was down. He was a total fucking bastard!

What made me even more desperate was that it seemed everyone in the team I was working with got behind him and decided to nit pick every thing I did wrong. To say I felt bad doesn’t even begine to descibe it. I’m not an emotional person, but even I couldn’t switch these feelings off. Constantly on edge, stressed and everything. It was unbelieveable what I had to put up with.

I got away from there fortunately, I found another job to which he asked me (and I quote) “where are you pissing off to?” I wanted to say anywhere away from you is better than here, but I maintained my calm and finished my last week in my usual way. He never said goodbye or goodluck – nothing. To say I hate Jim is an understatement and I will forever be damaged from the way he was an wonder why he became like this. But I will always remember to be carful about jumping on hate bandwagons from now on and do my best to stay away from them. No matter what the cost.

Simon 🙂




Big Rocks

Big Rocks

I posted this maybe nearly two years ago as I struggled with a great deal of life and bad things. While I’m in a different place now, it’s important to remaber this and I wanted to share it with you all again.


Dr. Stephen R. Covey,
First Things First

One day this expert was speaking to a group of business students and, to drive home a point, used an illustration I’m sure those students will never forget. After I share it with you, you’ll never forget it either.

As this man stood in front of the group of high-powered over-achievers he said, “Okay, time for a quiz.” Then he pulled out a one-gallon, wide-mouthed mason jar and set it on a table in front of him. Then he produced about a dozen fist-sized rocks and carefully placed them, one at a time, into the jar.

When the jar was filled to the top and no more rocks would fit inside, he asked, “Is this jar full?” Everyone in the class said, “Yes.” Then he said, “Really?” He reached under the table and pulled out a bucket of gravel. Then he dumped some gravel in and shook the jar causing pieces of gravel to work themselves down into the spaces between the big rocks.

Then he smiled and asked the group once more, “Is the jar full?” By this time the class was onto him. “Probably not,” one of them answered. “Good!” he replied. And he reached under the table and brought out a bucket of sand. He started dumping the sand in and it went into all the spaces left between the rocks and the gravel. Once more he asked the question, “Is this jar full?”

“No!” the class shouted. Once again he said, “Good!” Then he grabbed a pitcher of water and began to pour it in until the jar was filled to the brim. Then he looked up at the class and asked, “What is the point of this illustration?”

One eager beaver raised his hand and said, “The point is, no matter how full your schedule is, if you try really hard, you can always fit some more things into it!”

“No,” the speaker replied, “that’s not the point. The truth this illustration teaches us is: If you don’t put the big rocks in first, you’ll never get them in at all.”

What are the big rocks in your life? A project that you want to accomplish? Time with your loved ones? Your faith, your education, your finances? A cause? Teaching or mentoring others? Remember to put these Big Rocks in first or you’ll never get them in at all.

Simon 🙂