Monthly Archives: October 2010

Words Matter

Give me one word with meaning rather than 10,000 spoken with passion alone.

A passionate speech can stir the soul but will it promote permanent and significant change?

Many people go to lectures or presentations that are designed to motivate or empower, but most of these presentations are designed around a passionate presenter who has the skills to stir up emotion. When you look into what is being said you will often find nothing that you did not already know, or worse unproven, untested or even dangerous theories. Mostly you will find hype.

The truth or that which is right is inversely proportional to hype. There has been many ideologies, cults, sects, political agenda, philosophies, advertising, and even social development and recovery agencies that have been established over all of history that have used hype/propaganda/emotional blackmail to gain the buy-in of the masses to a particular view.

Whether it is an advert for international aid showing a child in poverty or the latest “flavour-of-the-month” motivational speaker, both use hype to get people to buy-in.

What will cause ongoing change?

It is not a quantity issue, the bullet point summary is often all people need.

While preparing for my degree I reached a make-or-break point. I had just given a presentation that had just fallen flat, I felt like I should just give up and walk away. One of the facilitators of the programme said one word that changed my approach, one word that changed my entire point of view, one word that gave me the hope and the ability to continue. One word was all that was needed, no lecture, no motivational speaker, no long term counseling. Just one word.

The word was “distill”.

The facilitator knew I had the raw material needed but I had not assembled in the way that showed how I knew what I knew. As a result of this one word I took my 10,000 words and “distilled” them. I took out the words that did not matter and only included the ones that did.

The facilitator used one word that changed my life, one word that I use to help and assist others with their plans for business or for themselves personally.

This one word “distill” mattered.

A volume of words may persuade the masses for a moment, but the right word in the right season said in the right way will change a person forever.

Be careful with words, words matter,  don’t make it a numbers game and make each one count. You will find that more often than not only a few are required.

Paul S Allen

Diabetes – My Story

The story so far…

I have been recently been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. It was not a surprise as there is a family history of it (it is not a weight issue for me). Even though it is at the very early stages it still means changes to lifestyle especially around diet and exercise.

Change is not always “as good as a holiday” and coping with change can be challenging. It is not the changes I need to make that are difficult but the process of changing. We all have our rituals and routines; our likes and dislikes; our food and exercise lifestyles, and changing these entrenched ways can be unsettling, but they have to be done if I want to a long and healthy life.

Each change in itself is small but cumulatively they can make a difference. I like sugar, salt and fat, they make all food taste great, but these are the very things that I must reduce and control. I now have tea and coffee with artificial sweeteners or stevia (a natural super sweet herb) even this change can be hard after over 40 years of enjoying the taste of sugar I now need to ween myself of the taste of sweet. Artificial sweeteners can have side effects as a laxative so I do not wish to use them for very long.

I do like sugar especially when it comes to sweets (candy), chocolate and soda. the change has been imposed on me without my consent and although my body is enjoying the benefits of not having to deal with so much sugar, my brain just wants to rebel and “pig out” on all the stuff I can’t or should not have.

One of my work colleges said, when talking just after being diagnosed with diabetes, if diabetes means “you have to eat healthy food and do exercise, is that a bad thing?”. He is right and I agree with him, but my mind is still adjusting and catching up with the situation.

over the last six weeks or so since I have been diagnosed I have noticed that as a result of the changes I have made I do “feel” different, better. I have lost a few pounds, I feel like I even sleep better, and this is just from the first change of not eating sugar. So when I implement other changes, including increasing exercise, I should see even greater improvements.

I must say that the reason I was even being tested for glucose intolerance was because of my vigilant doctor and regular check-ups. I had no noticeable symptoms before diagnosis although I feel different now  as I have stated.

Take Note: Have regular a check-up with your doctor at least once a year. Men especially get a check up for diabetes, prostrate cancer, blood pressure and for cholesterol levels.

Do I like this change… no

Do I need to make this change… yes

Will I cope with this change… that is up to me.

Whether you cope well with change is up to you, I you are struggling then get assistance from people who can help be it professionals or support groups.

Paul S Allen


If you have recipes suitable for diabetics please let me know (I am also allergic to onions and garlic). I love to cook and experiment with food and love full flavoured foods.

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