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Swimming great for brain health

Welcome to Week #35

What whisper did you hear from #34?

Were you touched by the Refuge Paralympic Team?

Have you paused to think about the environment you’re facing in the future?

Are your negatives temporary?

Did some of the stories provide a little perspective?

What’s struck me this week?

1. The fountain of youth hasn’t been found — but swimming may come close Seena Mathew PhD

I’ve been reading more about longevity and the quality of the life we live and I noticed this piece in Ted Ideas and thought it was an excellent review.

So, if you live close to the ocean get swimming as soon as you can – or at least a little splash. Even just a splash in the ocean might do you some good.

2. Is it possible to clear feelings out of your home?

I found another fascinating Ted Ideas article about connecting the physical to the emotional by clearing out items in your home. I don’t know if there’s any science behind the recommendations but I recognise that when my desk is clear and I know where everything is in my little studio I feel a lot better – more in control, more able to handle what’s coming next and more able to take a break. For me, I don’t always need scientific evidence to try something. If my felt experience is that something makes me feel better then I’m willing to go with that as the supporting evidence for it working for me. So, go on. Have a read and adopt a couple of recommendations to see if anything shifts for you.

Article: Feeling stuck? Guilty? Overwhelmed? Try clearing these feelings out of your home

3. Quote of the week - Don’t focus on time, time your focus

A good buddy of mine, Michael Tipper, shared this with me and I love the reframe away from managing time to managing our focus. I’ve tried the Pomodoro technique many times and found it very helpful in timing my focus.

4. Question of the week - If you could, would you? Because you can, should you?

Shedding light on the many dilemma’s that we face during our daily lives. Often we believe our fears and it stops us from trying. Then again, just because we can we often don’t consider the adjacent impacts of taking action. So many moments, so many questions. What’s your favourite?

5. Freedom Fridays Podcast

My weekly conversation with ordinary people doing extraordinary things. We explore some of the big changes people have gone through and what’s helped the journey. The intention is to share as openly as possible some of the ingredients – the good, the bad, the ugly – that shape our shift from ‘I have to’ into ‘I choose to’. The lessons are hiding in open sight within the conversation – it’s up to you how you apply them.

This week I chat with Tom Gleeson – farm boy to fighter pilot. We explore Tom’s journey from growing up on a farm to flying F18 jets. We touch on the necessity and impact of a relentless and forensic win learn change mindset. We discuss how we built the capability to see order in chaos whilst flying a multi-million dollar piece of government kit at up to 1000 mph in the middle of an airborne dog fight. We also reflect on what lessons he’d carried into his career and life in the present day.

Check out Episode #33.


That’s all for this week and I hope you enjoyed Weekly Whisper #35.

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