The Friday Dose #73

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Today’s Dose is about the remarkable, consistent and unconditional love of animals. Our pets love us in such a pure way. They know everything about us and yet if we’re not conscious enough to do anything about it, they still let us get away with fair amounts of neglect and they will still meet us with love.

Today your mental distraction starts with the brilliant mind and eye of a German photographer who specializes in pets, and in particular Dog photos that could be featured in ways that communicate their personalities. Her work is delightful, it’s gorgeous and it’s very likely to make you happy. Ladies and Gentlemen, I bring you Elke Vogelsang and her models:

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Elke Vogelsang Photography

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And after that bit of lightness we will proceed on to an absolutely beautiful film that will has a great lesson for all of us in life. It’ll make you cry in that way we all love doing, where you feel better afterwards–even you tough guys out there. This is a story narrated by Denali, about his life with cancer, and the living he did with his best friend, Ben Moon. I highly recommend it:

Thanks everyone. If anyone’s interested in any more dog material, here’s the link to my last day with my beloved dog Mo: Mo-ments

Have a great weekend everyone. Love who’s present.

peace and love. s

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The Friday Dose #69

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How is everyone today? Fantastic I hope. And since everything changes, if you’re not fantastic, I hope that change is up real soon. Either way, if it’s tough just take the value from the lessons and do that until fortune rears its head. You’ll be fine.

Today on the Dose I’ll give you three completely different distractions. If you’re locked into a thought loop about something upsetting, think about giving this a quick read. It’s quite inspiring. When a wife in her 50’s was diagnosed with cancer and given one month to live, the reaction she and her husband had was to switch to a raw food diet and to—and I mean this—run a marathon every single day for a year. That was almost ten years ago and they’re still running.

Terminal Cancer Patient Runs a Marathon a Day for a Year!

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Next I’ll give you visualists a chance to relax with some beautiful photos. The photo at the top of this page (Dreamscapes) was taken by a friend, the very talented photographer Frank Grisdale. It sets up this series of forest photos. They’re all taken by different photographers and the shots are from all over the world. They help to remind us that all forests are different and yet all forests are perfect. People should consider applying that theory to themselves and others.

World’s Most Beautiful Forests

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And let’s finish off with some mesmerizing music. Written by Radiohead bassist Thom Yorke, with inspiration from Albert Hammond and Mike Hazlewood, Creep is performed here by the velvety tones of Haley Reinhart and Vintage Postmodern. Enjoy:

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Have yourselves a fantastic weekend everyone!

peace. s

Scott McPherson is a writer, public speaker, communication facilitator and corporate storyteller who works internationally with businesses, individuals and families.

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The Friday Dose #66

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Today’s Dose will start off with the photographic project Exactitudes, which looks at the real meanings behind our fashion choices. Photographer Ari Versluis and profiler Ellie Uyttenbroek demonstrate that our selections are ultimately far less about our own individual identity and much more about belonging to a group:

Exactitudes

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Next we’ll listen to the story of Suzanne Crocker and her husband Gerard Parsons who left the hustle and bustle of Dawson City (pop. 1400) because they never had enough time for their family and their own interests. The two doctors took their kids into the wilderness with no running water, no electricity but no shortage of time. This interview is a fascinating look into what the parents and the kids experienced by being so unplugged. In the end everyone got closer and no one wanted to go back to the city. Here’s why:

All The Time in the World

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Many years ago I was involved in some research on Sensory Deprivation Tanks. It’s funny that the word deprivation is in there because you get so much from being in a tank. It was the great Dr. John Lilly (one of the world’s leading experts on dolphin human communication) who pioneered a lot of the research into the value that changes in consciousness can bring through the tank process. They even made a movie that related loosely to Lilly’s research called Altered States. Here’s Joe Rogan (who swears a bit) explaining some of the value of floating:

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And we’ll end with a stunning display of calm and self control. How a flock of geese can emerge from this incredible act is amazing. But you’ll realize as she finishes just how amazing Miyoko Shida Rigolo’s delicate skills really are. Super wow. This is almost unbelievable:

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Told you. Incredible isn’t it? Have yourself a fantastic weekend and do it by ignoring all of the crap in the world because there are plenty of amazing things that deserve your attention instead.

peace. s

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The Friday Dose #46

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Do you remember what the Friday Dose is for? Remember: every Friday I’m posting things that are designed to delight and distract you and occasionally inform you. Save them up for when you’re mentally struggling—for when you need to prove to yourself that you can change the course of your thoughts. Then come here, check out a few entries and get your mind on to something different and then don’t choose to go back to your original thought stream. Remember, either there is a solution you can take action on, or there is nothing you can do. Either take the action or stop thinking about it. Today I have a mixed bag for you. We’ll start off with an excellent Business Insider article on lasting relationships:

Lasting Relationships Rely on Two Traits

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Next we’ll shift to a video on photography. Now you don’t have to be interested in photography to benefit from Mike Brown’s talk. What he’s saying applies to anything you do in life—especially if it’s creative, but it applies as much to child-rearing and sports. It’s worth your five minutes:

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And finally we’ll end on some music. Regular readers will know that occasionally I like to showcase musical or dramatic talent and I do hope that you enjoy this song as much as I have. I encourage you to support this Joshua Hyslop’s music career so that he can afford to continue to write and record and perform many more beautiful songs. Enjoy:

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Joshua Hyslop Homepage

Have yourself a wonderful weekend everyone.

peace. s

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The Friday Dose is a collection of cool, interesting and surprising things that are chosen for their potential to distract you away from any painful thought loops that may currently be disrupting your sense of perspective. Focus on these and change your mind. Enjoy.

The Friday Dose #39

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Today’s Dose will focus on capturing nature at its most magnificent. We’ll start off with John King and his friends, who had an incredible chance encounter with a band of wild Mountain Gorillas. John and his group were walking on a cement pathway through Uganda’s Bwindi National Park when the Gorillas came through and decided they were interested in John. When you’re watching John during the action, keep in mind that he’s just seen the park info and signs and read the placards and pamphlets, so he knows that silverback can reach 1.9 m (6 ft 3 in) in height, with an arm span of 2.3 m (7 ft 7 in) and weigh 220 kg (490 lb). More imp0rtantly, there was once an experiment where a 160 lb man and a 160 lb gorilla were both given the handle of a cable that lead to a dynamometer. The 160 lb man pulled 200 lbs. The 160 lb gorilla pulled 847 lbs. John’s a brave guy:



If you found that to be as amazing as most people, you may want to check out this National Geographic article on Mountain Gorillas. Enjoy:

National Geographic – Mountain Gorillas

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And finally we’ll finish off with my good friend Frank Grisdale. You might have noticed Frank’s gorgeous photography as the background on many of my cover pages, on my sites, and in many of the quotes I post. I remember an interview with Kurt Vonnegut where he was asked what he would be if he wasn’t a writer. He explained that he couldn’t have been anything else, and that he only knew two kinds of writers: the ones like him who could only write and who couldn’t imagine themselves as anything else, and the ones that were good at virtually everything they did. Frank’s in that last group. In business, in art and in life, Frank’s made a lot of cool, interesting and smart choices. 

He’s done album covers, his work hangs in the Waldorf Astoria in New York and in the collections of Presidents and other leaders around the world. Arab Princes invited him to photograph their raptors. And he didn’t start off as some technical master either. He’s learned all that over time. What he does have is vision. I remember his wife once telling me that they were driving down a road in Alberta when Frank suddenly hit the brakes, pulled over, grabbed his camera and jumped out of the car. She looked around thoroughly confused about what he wanted to shoot. And even when she saw him shoot it, it didn’t look like anything special to her. But when she saw Frank’s final print of it—and how his artist’s mind was able to see the world, she was once again amazed by his ability.

I’m proud to have him as a friend and I look forward to seeing all of his future work. I’m a tiny bit of an art collector and I have a few of Frank’s pieces now. I’m also happy to report that, after seeing my pieces, I’ve turned a few friends into collectors of his as well. I’ve included a few of my favourites below, but I would highly recommend checking out his website and browsing through the collections. It’s very peaceful and it’s always an enjoyable experience to share space with Frank’s work. I’ll be very surprised if you don’t find several that you absolutely love. I’ll include the link below. Enjoy and you’re welcome. 😉

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The Grace of Light by Frank Grisdale

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Photographic Artistry by Frank Grisdale


peace. s

The Friday Dose is a collection of cool, interesting and surprising things that are chosen for their potential to distract you away from any painful thought loops that may currently be disrupting your sense of perspective. Save these for when you’re feeling low and you want to change your perspective. They’ll help Enjoy. And please let me know if you bump into any broken links. Thanks!