The End: My Final Article

The end

This may come as a bit of a surprise to any of you who have been following my blog for the past year … but today I’m writing my final article. After this, Encouragement from a Stranger will be abandoned (it will still remain online, but I will no longer be maintaining it – so … [Read More]

Don’t Underestimate the Side-Benefits


Often we tend to focus on the main benefit when doing something. That might apply whether it’s a particular job, a personal project, a hobby, a game, or other day-to-day tasks. Perhaps we just see the money at the end of a career, or the piece of paper that says we’re “qualified“ at the end of … [Read More]

Keep Laughing!

Keep laughing!

Today I’m going to write about something really serious and important. Laughter. [insert canned laughter here] The older I get, the more I realise just how important laughter and comedy is in life. As lame as the cliche is, laughter really is the best medicine. [insert canned laughter here] Umm, I wasn’t trying to be … [Read More]

Letting Go of Justice…

Letting go of justice

While on my recent “de-cluttering mission”, I came across several things that, for whatever reason, I’d been holding on to for years. In this particular case, they happened to be documents connected to unjust events that occurred to me. I’m not sure why I kept these documents. I guess by keeping them I was hoping … [Read More]

Do You Really Need To Go To The Next Level?

The next level

  Why do we feel that we must become serious and ambitious about an activity that we like? Why can’t we just enjoy it for what it is? Why do we always have to aim for “the next level”?

Why You Feel Like Shit, And What To Do About It

Why you feel like shit...

Life throws us some curveballs from time to time. Other times, it tackles us to the ground. And sometimes, it just feels like we’re in the middle of a golf driving range being assaulted by hundreds of golf balls. But enough about my weekend. No matter how hard we try to be positive and happy … [Read More]

Achieving a Zen-like State

A Zen-like state

NOTE: Although I’m going to be using tennis as an example in the following article, the points I make are relevant to ANY activity you can think of. After almost two years of coming to terms with some difficult health problems, I finally returned to the tennis court recently. I forgot how much I missed … [Read More]

Choosing To Be Happy

Choosing to be happy

Every day, every hour, and every minute we are making the choice whether or not we want to be happy. And yet the ways we have been conditioned over time means that we place the genesis of happiness on some sort of external event (eg. finally getting that “dream job”) or external object (eg. that … [Read More]

It’s Not Me, It’s YOU!

It's not me ... it's you!

  One of the biggest factors in personal success is one’s own positive attitude and determination. You hold a lot of power to change your destiny. But sometimes that’s not enough. And sometimes, the problem isn’t YOU – it’s those AROUND you.

Life Would Be Perfect If Only I Had…

A perfect life...

  How often do you hear someone say: “My life would be perfect if only I had [more money / that dream job / a partner / my own house / a segway]…” But this thinking is flawed.