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A blog by Leon Oudejans
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Appreciation-Gratitude

Life is colour, warmth and light

I've borrowed my title from a 1915 war poem by Julian Grenfell (1888-1915), called Into Battle. For some time, I've been aiming to write about my (daily) gratitude for the colours, the light, and the warmth. That line in Julian Grenfell's poem captures my meaning well. Without our sun, there is no life. My interest in this topic may well be the result of the dark...

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He’s gone

Some 25 years ago, we met at work. I suppose our friendship was instant. We had some weird things in common: he and I had the same birthday, though we differed ten years in age. His late wife and my former wife also had the same birthday. Tuesday morning, his daughter wrote that he had passed away. I've been flabbergasted thrice. My June 26 visit left me in shock as...

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What if you solve a what-if question?

Last week, I solved a 'what-if' question (eg, my 2016 blog). I have mixed feelings about its answer. I should be glad but I'm not. Now, I know that I escaped a bad and costly decision. My subconscious "knew" the reasons for not pursuing it. My conscious ignored it. External circumstances forced me to give up. Perhaps, the problem was love. I'm not talking about...

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Happiness is (not) a choice.

Several days ago, I noticed this quote by Ralph Marston (1907-1967) again: "Happiness is a choice; not a result." If this would be true then why do so many people not make that "choice" for happiness? Given the pursuit of happiness by so many people, a result is (much) more likely than a choice. There is some truth in Ralph Marston's saying. In my view, however,...

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Dating and Einstein’s definition of insanity

Insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results. This expression is usually credited to Albert Einstein, without supporting evidence. Recently, a friend was complaining about her lack of results, following her many coffee dates. Is dating an example of this insanity definition? For several months, I have quit my dating efforts...

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Depression is not a chemical imbalance in the brain.

On 21 May 2013, at about 4PM, it felt as if someone pushed a button at the back of my head during a meeting at work. My body then refused to follow my brain's instructions. Anything not work-related was not a problem (eg, driving home). After listening to my story, my doctor did not prescribe medication. On 20 July 2022, University College London published a "major...

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