You got to know when to hold ’em, know when to fold ’em,

Know when to walk away, know when to run.

Taken from The Gambler, sung by Kenny Rogers, written by Don Schlitz, country and Western songs are usually very philosophical and this is no exception.

Often we amble through life in the same way, doing the same things, not much wrong with that if it makes you happy, but what if you’re stuck in a rut?  What if you you want to walk a different route?  Maybe your life is so cluttered you can’t see the wood for the trees.

So what do you hold, and what do you fold?  If you feel like having a de-clutter how do you decide?  Think about when you last used them, what purpose do they serve, do they still fit into your life?

When do you walk and when do you run?  What is it you want to move away from, again, think about the purpose and how it fits into your life.

If you feel the need, why not start with one small thing and see how you go?

 

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Has communication killed the art of conversation?

30 years ago if you wanted to communicate with someone you could write them a letter, call them on the telephone or talk to them face to face.  Since then technology has come a long way, we can email, text, post, tweet, to name but a few.  We can cross the boundaries of time, language and distance, but with all these forms of communication at our fingertips, has conversation paid the price?

These day we see groups of people huddled together, but they’re not talking to each other, the air is filled with technological beeps and the silence of concentration where they’re on their phone, texting, tweeting, emailing, posting or playing games.

30 years ago you couldn’t wait to meet up with friends and and have a good chat and catch up, these days you don’t need to wait, you can post it all on social media or put it in a blog like this one.

Using technology is a great way of getting the word out there to a wider audience but don’t forget to talk to the smaller one.