Author Archives: Mr Bashful

Ignore the dills in the peanut gallery.

Uncle: A century ago, theatre audiences were noisy. If the entertainment was deemed poor the patrons would express their displeasure by heckling, or by throwing peanuts at the actors. The biggest nuisances were the less sophisticated patrons sitting in the … Continue reading

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The Adventures of Sir Thrustalot.

Uncle: Here is an old Scottish fable I made up. Nephew: Oh. Great. Uncle: One day, centuries ago, in the days of knights and damsels, Sir Thrustalot slew two knights and a dragon before Happy Hour. To celebrate, he and … Continue reading

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Find the hidden thoughts.

Uncle: Occasionally I toss and turn in bed, unable to get to sleep. I make a list in my head of each and every one of my concerns: my health, the odd jobs to be done, the project I keep … Continue reading

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Be aware of your emotional beliefs

Uncle: Water diviners believe that if they hold a switch a certain way . . . Nephew: What’s a switch? Uncle: A flexible shoot cut from a tree. They believe . . . Nephew: What’s a water diviner? Uncle: For … Continue reading

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The Tyranny of the Should – our expectations of the world.

Nephew: I have a friend who keeps telling me what I ought to do. I find her behaviour irritating. Uncle: Your friend assumes she knows what is best for you because she bases her opinion on what she values in life, … Continue reading

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The Tyranny of the Should – our expectations of ourselves.

Uncle: The last time we spoke I said we should . . . I suggested we drop our shoulds, oughts and musts of other people and replace those words with suggestions or preferences. I said the sooner we realise people value … Continue reading

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What makes you angry?

Uncle: What makes you angry? Nephew: . . . Traffic jams. Uncle: Wrong answer. Nephew: Here we go. Uncle: Traffic jams don’t make you angry. You become angry in traffic jams. Nephew: Yep. Fair enough. If you want to split hairs. … Continue reading

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