About - Marks in the Sand


May 3, 2011 © Kramii


I feel that I need to start by explaining what this blog is not:

Please don’t read this blog as personal advice: I don’t know you nor your situation, and even if I did, I wouldn’t presume to know what’s best for you. So: please, read everything I’ve written as just the rambling thoughts of a random stranger. That is, after all,  exactly what it is.

That said, I do hope that some of it will stimulate your thinking and help you to find your own way.


This blog is about my attempts to make the best of my potential. It is a record of some of the things that I’m learning (or aspiring to learn).

Here is Edward Bear, coming downstairs now, bump, bump, bump, on the back of his head, behind Christopher Robin. It is, as far as he knows, the only way of coming downstairs, but sometimes he feels that there really is another way, if only he could stop bumping for a moment and think of it. And then he feels that perhaps there isn’t.A.A.Milne

My approach to this process is founded on several foundational ideas:

  • We are each responsible for our own lives.
  • Everything in life is governed by timeless, universal principles.
  • Success can only come by working in harmony with those principles.
  • In any given endeavour, some principles are more important than others.

Throughout history, people have discovered and rediscovered important principles. They have been expressed in different forms, according to the cultural context in which they are applied. For example, many of the most important principles can be found in the Bible: although I don’t think you need to be “religious” to make these principles work for you, any more than you need to be a scientist to make gravity work for you. (That said, in my experience is can certainly help: I unashamedly a “Jesus Freak“).

Some of the basic principles are that:

  • Everything in this life is temporary.
  • I am responsible for my own thoughts, feelings, values and actions, for the way I use my resources and for the outcomes of what I do.
  • We depend on each other.

This blog a blatantly selfish endeavour: I enjoy writing these articles. The process of researching and writing them helps me to think about the changes I want to make in my life, and about how I can go about making them. Moreover, the process also helps me to stay motivated; to keep pressing forward towards to become the person that I want to become. Furthermore, going public with my thoughts gives me a kind of accountability – it encourages me to make at least some of the changes that I’m writing about.

At the same time, I hope that my ideas will be of some use to others. If some of what I’ve written resonates with you, and it helps you to make changes of your own, then I’m delighted. If you dislike some (or even all) of the things I’ve said, then that’s fine, too: sometimes a well chosen “enemy” is more motivating than those with whom you agree. Either way, I hope I will stimulate your thoughts. If it does, then I’d love to hear from you – like most bloggers I like feedback, and welcome comments on any of my articles.


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