Greetings! I’ve not had the desire or energy to post here for a while but thanks to a strong connection I’m fortunate enough to be enjoying, here you go. Makes sense, the timeless wisdom of Alan Watts, for the flower in Holland:-
Here’s hoping GO! Smell the flowers will be on the shelves where it belongs and where the story both starts and ends, here in Dubai, U.A.E
GO! Smell the flowers, inspire others while you can!
Ever had one of those days when you’re just meant to be connected with someone at the right time? Well that happened during the Dubai tweet up, where fellow twitterers get together in the flesh and chew the proverbial fat. Indian cuisine on this occasion with Dubai passionate blogger, lover of life, food reveiwer and tweeter, THE REAL Geordie Armani
We’ve faced similar challenges and overcome them with a determination that passion brings. In July 2009 having lost my job I nearly lost 2 years of working on GO! Smell the flowers with over 50,000 comments and 2,400 blog posts contributed by 20 writers. Even 3 years back, pre widespread use of facebook and twitter this youtube video posted on the site hit over 5,000 views:
GO! Smell the flowers was then stolen and I was flatteringly held to a $60,000 ransom to get the website and all the content back having naively given all my domain information to a so called ‘ business partner’. However, it happened for a reason and led to the formation of GO! Smell the coffee and this post on July 6th 2009 in a bid to get the site back.
Barely 1 week later on 14th July 2009 during a particularly difficult time on life I was fortunate enough to be a guest on John Deykin’s Saturday extra’s team . It covered the story so far, flowers through to coffee and discussing the pro’s and con’s of a community website.
All content copyright ARN : The Saturday Extra show with John Deykin.
It was recorded live, with no idea of the questions that came in the middle of the flowers / coffee debacle and featured on GO! Smell the coffee which was set up in a bid to get my website and intellectual property back!
It worked, eventually, thanks to a copyright an dtrademark precaution I’d taken out in 2006 to protect the book and the ISBN number! What I’d spent 2 years building was indeed returned but it came at the cost of the community and pretty much my sanity. Baaa Baa black sheep. It took the wind out of my online sails but now, 3 years on with the book out early 2013 and GO! Smell the coffee currently being written I’m glad I dug in and stuck at it:
It inspires me to remember what the brand was becoming and what the brand could become. With both sweet flowers and bitter coffee in our journey of life we take it as it comes. Feel free to share your tales here to help others avoid going through similar! Comments welcomed, (Group hugs) optional!
Another endorsement for GO! Smell the flowers in from Lee Sharpe an English former professional footballer, sports television pundit and reality television personality, who as a player was predominantly a left winger for Manchester United winning a total of eight caps for England.
Here he is in action, on the football field against Barcelona with a sublime back heel:
‘Life is to short not to GO! Smell the flowers and this book is a great place to inspire change and to start living the life you want’ – Lee Sharpe
The editorial team at John Hunt publishing have added the endorsement onto the final edit ready for publication at the end of this year. Lee hopes to be dropping into Dubai this side of Christmas after a spell here as a T.V pundit. Come back Lee, the place misses you! He is currently smelling his flowers on the after dinner circuit back in the U.K.
A big thanks to rugby legend Steve Thompson, M.B.E, former Rugby Union player for London Wasps, England and the British & Irish Lions for taking the time out to smell the flowers recently.
For those who haven’t seen Steve in action here you GO! with a clever try:
He kindly took time out recently to read GO! Smell the Flowers and has endorsed the
‘A great his n her book – 2 perspectives on the same experience makes for an interesting read with a real twist at the end. Me and the wife raced to pick it up 1st each day when we were reading the manuscript.’
Thanks for your support Steve, a inspiration in your own right. More endorsements to follow over the coming weeks.
A big thanks to cricket legend, fundraiser and T.V pundit Sir Ian Botham for taking the time to GO! Smell the flowers and endorse the book that will be out round about Christmas time.
One of the finest all rounders of all time, Ian Botham was the fastest to the double of 1000 runs and 100 wickets. An English icon, full of endless self-belief, he could change the course of a game in an afternoon. With him, England were a side to reckon with; without him they were abysmal. Some highlights of him in action:-
And his endorsement, that in his typical style sums it up nicely:-
‘The Jimbo I know from Dubai is probably not going to be the flower smeller that I know but someone else I do not know – I hope! Enjoy the book that details this journey of change, flower smellers’ – Sir Ian Botham.
In a round about way Sir Ian nails the fact it’s a book encouraging change! I can’t argue with that and it’s really bowled me over that he took the time to not only read but get the whole point of the book.
Times do change but Beefy has always endorsed Wheat, as in Shredded back in 1980:
With a few more endorsements due in over the next couple of weeks as final design and layout is approved I’ll post them as and when they land.
Comments welcomed and who would you have endorse something that you wrote? Do tell…
Living your life to the fullest, means living like the next day will be your last. And there are so many things to do before you leave the world.
Visit one of the seven wonders of the world
Okay so admittedly there are a lot of monuments, so go and see the ones that inspire you the most. They are dotted around the world, so it would take some planning and dedication. If you want to see The Great Wall of China, Stone Henge, the Colosseum, the Leaning Tower of Pisa, Hagia Sophia, the Taj Mahal etc, do it. You only live once.
Eat at one of the world’s best restaurants.
The best restaurants in the world are difficult to come by. People book reservations months and even years in advance. So you’ll have a lot of foxy bingo games to play before you get to go. That shouldn’t put you off going to at least one though. For the experience.
Do something that absolutely terrifies you
We all have enormous fears. Far from letting them rule us though, we should go out of our way to face that fear. You could jump out of a plane, hold a small snake, spend a day in the dark, volunteer in a hospital – whatever scares you the most in the world. It’ll make you feel like you conquered that fear, and lived life to the fullest. Even if only for a moment.
Learn another language fluently
The older you get the harder it is to learn a new language. And yet it’s as we get older we start to wish we could. It’s never too late. Take the most common language you could learn, or perhaps one of the less common, so you feel unique in your ability. Italian perhaps?
Watch a sunset and sunrise
We get so busy with our everyday lives, that we forget to stop and appreciate the little things in life. For example, the setting and rising of the sun every morning and evening. It doesn’t matter where you are in the world, you could be on a beach in Greece, or sitting on a hill down the road from your house, take a loved one with you, and simply observe.