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Your attitude matters. See this moment as an opportunity to act, rather than an inconvenience to endure.

None of us chose to be in the situation we currently find ourselves.

I’m not sure about you, but being stuck at home, alone, unable to be outside doing all the things I enjoy with the people whose company I appreciate, isn’t how I would have chosen to be spending my days.

But that’s the situation we are faced with.

Unless you’re an essential or emergency services worker, to all of whom I send a heartfelt ‘Thank You’, chances are you’ve been doing…


A tightrope walker focuses on keeping his balance as he makes his way across a void
A tightrope walker focuses on keeping his balance as he makes his way across a void
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I want you to picture a tightrope walker, standing atop a large building that protrudes above the skyline of its’ surroundings. Perhaps it’s in a bustling metropolis like New York or Tokyo; maybe it’s a small provincial town in rural Switzerland set against the backdrop of the Alps.

It doesn’t matter where your mind takes you, just try to make the image as vivid as you can. Picture the weather that day and feeling the breeze that greets us whenever we find ourselves at altitude. …


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This is the story of a man with a clear vision of how he wanted to live his life.

His sole focus was to be able to retire at 60, rather than 65. By cramming in as much working time as possible, he hypothesised, there would be time to claw back some extra enjoyment in his later years.

He would, therefore, live a very busy life.

At university, his friends would always extend to him their invitations to join them as they went out to drink, dance, laugh and enjoy themselves. Yet it was with a great reluctance that he…


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My dad always told me that “time goes faster as you get older.” I never really understood that comment and argued that time is constant and has passed at the same speed throughout, well, all of time. Aside, perhaps, from when you’re sat watching one of Christopher Nolan’s films and the entire concept of time itself is twisted and tangled so much that you’ve lost all sense and understanding of it.

No, I had consigned that comment to the annals of uselessness alongside some of his other pearls of wisdom; such as describing a particular house as “a cracking investment…


A man stands pensively on a cliff top looking out to sea.
A man stands pensively on a cliff top looking out to sea.
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That’s not an easy thing to write. It certainly wasn’t an easy thought to try to come to terms with, but that was how I felt. I felt as if no life at all was better than the life I was living.

Maybe that’s not entirely true: it wasn’t the life I was living that was the problem, merely my perception of it. The internal monologue that kept chipping away in my subconscious mind, telling me things weren’t quite how they should be.

The lack of enjoyment and numbness to any sort of happiness or humour. …


A blank sheet of paper sits next to a pen and coffee with love heart showing through froth.
A blank sheet of paper sits next to a pen and coffee with love heart showing through froth.
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I glance over at my phone to see two missed calls and a message from my Mum’s partner. “Ring me when you get a chance please”.

Instantly my stomach turns as a wave of anxiety and apprehension washes over me.

I know something is wrong. Why the urgency of two missed calls and a text within the space of a minute? Blunt, to the point, absent of context. I speak to him relatively often but it’s always mum who would ring first and then pass the phone over. Maybe I’m overthinking this but something doesn’t feel right.

I hit redial…

James Welch-Thornton

Musings of a mild-mannered man — I like a little alliteration. Interested in business, philosophy and raising mental health awareness. Kindness is key.

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