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If not now, when?

Sandi just visible next to a tree.

Although I love to write and speak about the stuff I feel passionate about, I am highly unsociable, a loner and if left to my own devices, could easily become a hermit without even realising it. In one of our weekly marathon work-life-and-the-kitchen-sink phone calls, my fellow hermit to be @smiffy informed me that I was an introvert pretending to be an extrovert and promptly despatched the link to an article in Scientific American entitled The Power of Introverts that outlined the whys and wherefores. Indeed, Matt was right, and as I can never leave well enough alone, I refined this to assert that I was 85% introvert and 15% extrovert, but this is just semantics.

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Life, death, hope and love

I have been pondering death today; it is not that I am morbid, but the news that our friend's mother is losing her battle with cancer has resonated with me quite profoundly. I have tried to say the right things, but am not entirely sure that I know what they are, and so I pondered.

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Empathy, Ignorance & Discrimination

I have experienced my fair share of discrimination in my lifetime, and I don't expect it to abate any time soon. Discrimination is driven by fear and borne of ignorance, and although it is a simple enough concept to fit into a single sentence, it is not such an easy problem to solve.

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Parents, children, life, love, self-esteem and confidence

Life for most people is just downright complicated, but it doesn't start out this way: as small children life is pretty uncomplicated. We begin life with no responsibilities and are afforded the freedom to approach all that we encounter with an open and seemingly reckless abandon, to learn and grow with boundless curiosity, hope and anticipation.

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Friendships: of all manner and merit

Friendships all have their ups and downs, but to me true friendship is something to behold, to cherish, protect, nurture and respect. For friendship to stand firm through all that life throws at it - from pain and sorrow to joy and happiness - it must be accommodating and forgiving, as it will over time most certainly be put to a test or seven.

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Trust: not a standardised commodity

Trust is a word which has been bandied about so much that it has lost both its meaning and importance. Folk just seem to believe that by habitually imposing their expectations on unsuspecting others, without consultation or asking for permission, they are placing their trust in that person. What invariably transpires is the trust-thruster becomes disappointed when the unwitting recipient does not live up to their expectations.

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Virtual communities? Not really real

Over the past couple of weeks, two unpleasant slanging matches have played out very publicly over the Internet in the name of the web community and this has stirred up a wide range of emotions in me - from anger to despair and frustration to melancholy. Although there are people in the web industry who have become friends over the years, I certainly have never felt that I belong to any community, although I am painfully aware of how my ADHD restricts me from ever feeling part of anything.

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