We're going the extra nautical mile with our analogies in today's Video. That said, it's undoubtedly the most important short video of the last number of weeks. And, as always, you can also download and listen to the audio of this video.
One of the big advantages of this time of year is that most people are on holiday at the same time... it's easy to relax, chill and reflect.
And that is what I suggest you do between now and our New Year's Eve edition of The Mind Boggles. Give yourself the mental elbow room to reflect on what's important to you in life and what experiences you'd like more of as we move inexorably into another new year. For, just because it's another new year, it doesn't mean it need be like any previous one... that is up to you.
I've alluded to something of great significance in today's Quick Tip... next year doesn't have to be similar (even remotely) to the year just ending. In fact, next week doesn't have to bear any resemblance to any other week you've ever had.
We assume that our lives will be pretty much the same from one day to the next. And that's only natural because it takes our mind off the "meaning of life", keeps us focused on surviving or, if I can put it another way, making it from one day to the next. In other words, we're wired for each day, week, month or year to be pretty much the same as what has gone before.
But that's only how the normal mind works - so, with that in mind, it stands to reason that there is little merit in being normal.
When we remove ourself from our normal patterned way of programmed thinking and when, as a result, we step off the treadmill of everyday life, we realise that it was, indeed, only a treadmill.
There's a whole other world waiting for us to experience. And that experience starts with experiencing the moment, there here and now. This Christmas break immerse yourself in the here and now and, having done a little of that, loop back to today's Quick Tip.
This Christmas Eve, spare a thought for one of my work colleagues from my days in financial services in the 1980s. On a business trip to London, he'd asked me if we were within walking distance of Buckingham Palace - he'd like to see it... we were close to London City Airport at the time!
His request was all the more bizarre because he then told me that he'd lived in London in the 1970s and had fond memories of his first Christmas away from home...
He'd spent the whole of Christmas Day, in his small flat, trying to defrost a frozen turkey with a hair dryer!