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A collection of truths by Gary John Bishop

Urban Philosophy

I’m not PLAYING!!

I heard my four year old say this to his older brother the other day and his words hit me like a dagger to the heart but not for any reason you might think. In his precious little mind, he’s just not playing. He’s out. He’s no longer in the game. He has now removed himself. He impishly stormed off

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Urban Philosophy

Are you acting for tomorrow?

I’ve been working on the next book for the last eight months or so and, as with everything I write, I’ve gone through all my usual library of negative self-talk. “I can’t do it” – “It’s too much” – “It’s too complex” – “It’s CRAP!” And on and on and on it goes. Each day I engage with myself, often

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Ontology

So YOU’RE tired, eh?

“I’m tired”. I occasionally find that slippery statement fall out of my mouth every now and again. You probably do too. It’s invariably when I’ve had one of those days. When I’m just done, I’ve had enough of whatever life I’ve made for myself and I want a break, some kind of respite from the press or the madness of it all.

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Urban Philosophy

Unfuck yourself in 1, 2, 3…

Unfuck yourself in 1…2…3…. I often get messages from people who want to change their lives or are working on changing their lives or that they just CAN’T change their lives. Many ask for help or advice on how they can “Unfuck” themselves. Here it is… Unfucking yourself isn’t a thing. It’s not a linear process with a beginning and an end, in fact

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Ontology

Drama, drama, drama

Most of us have an idea of what drama in our lives looks like, right? I mean it’s when you lose your shit, pull down the curtains, make yourself a dress and set the house on fire…or something to that effect. That’s the problem with drama. It’s not always that obvious although if you’re setting fire to stuff you should

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Urban Philosophy

Be Authentic

“Be Authentic” But what does that really mean? The dictionary says “ true to one’s own personality, spirit, or character, genuine”. All of that seems pretty straightforward, huh? I mean when someone annoys you or betrays you or behaves in a way that you don’t think is right, it’s completely fine to “be authentic” and give them what they have coming

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