Author: Rainee

Had a perfect life?

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compassion / emotions / Gratitude / Philosophy

Philosopher Epictetus said: “It is not events that disturb people, it is their judgements concerning them.” I can see how we can use this idea in our present lives, however it occurred to me today that perhaps it could help us deal with the past as well. I am inclined to believe that we have all had some bad/difficult moments or experiences throughout our childhood, teenage years and beyond. We didn’t have much say over […]

“Nature’s Geometry: Succulents” by Russel Ray

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Originally posted on <a href="http://russelrayphotos2.com/2020/11/13/natures-geometry-succulents-by-russel-ray/">Russel Ray Photos</a>: <br />Several people told me that they would like to have a copy of my book but postage from the U.S. to their countries was too expensive. So……….. I have been trying to make a “Nature’s Geometry: Succulents” flip book but no luck. They either cannot make a good flipbook from a PDF, or they want thousands of dollars and several months to re-format my book to fit their requirements.…

Stoicism

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Philosophy

“Some things are in my control and others are not” – I have known this concept for what feels like forever through the Serenity Prayer. For the first time I have paid more attention to the “things I can change” aspect rather than the things I cannot. I think it is because I heard it in different words (Stoic philosopher, Epictetus), as above: “Some things are in my control and others are not” that opened […]

A Memory Triggered

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Australia / Balance / Echuca Victoria / emotions / Geography

I was on the treadmill at the gym this morning. They have a screen where you can choose to watch TV or have different outdoor scenes etc. I chose Channel 54 on TV. They featured different holiday destinations in Australia. I was surprised to see Echuca, Victoria and the Murray River as I used to live and work there. A paddle steamer was chugging down the river. I remember I had a job managing a […]

What or where is home?

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Australia / Busselton / Cohuna Victoria

This topic is a recurring theme in my thoughts recently. I wonder if it is because COVID restrictions mean I cannot visit my extended family and the place where I grew up (about 3500km away)? I don’t know. I lived in Western Australia for 38 years and only lived in my home state of Victoria for 28 years. Even though WA is enormous, I have lived in many regions and many towns whereas my knowledge […]