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It’s easy to forget that EVERY aspect of our lives these days is affected by the latest fashions, not just the clothes we wear. And, while we may not want to admit it, it’s often driven more by financial considerations – profits – than anything else… 
 
One aspect of this, that’s become increasingly obvious over the last few years, can be seen at your local supermarket or convenience shop. The huge increase in ready meals and processed foods badged as being “plant based”, “Vegetarian” or “Vegan.” 
As we’re still getting back into the swing of things after a lovely holiday in the sun, we’re going to keep this week’s blog post short and sweet. And, however tempting it is, not wax lyrical about the sunshine, blue skies and lack of wet stuff (!).  
 
Moving swiftly on… 
A couple of days earlier than usual – just to confuse everyone (!) – a quick reminder that we’re going to take a short break from our weekly blog posts, back as usual on Wednesday 12th June. 
 
However, with nearly 500 posts on our blog page, there are still plenty to choose from in the meantime! 
 
So, why not play “lucky dip” and choose a month to have a look at? 
And, “no”, we’re not talking about any of the “stuff” the mainstream media try to convince us will assure our success / happiness / fill in the blank. Money. Titles. Degree. Latest “must have.” 
 
In fact, it’s so simple it’s easily overlooked. Often thought of as rather old fashioned or quaint. Despite that, we can guarantee it’ll make you stand out from the crowd and everyone will love you for it. 
 
Have you guessed what it is yet? 
It’s been a while since we’ve devoted a blog post to our increasingly sedentary lifestyles, particularly the amount of time we spend sitting each day. Our last post on this topic can be found here
 
Interestingly, when we mention this to people, they always seem to focus on one particular aspect of their lives; the time spent at work – school or college – rather than their lives as a whole. While this may account for quite a chunk of time each day, it’s not the complete picture. What about all those other times during the day we’re sat down? Travelling. Eating. Relaxing at home, whether in front of the “one eyed monster” or on our favourite device. 
There are so many things we take for granted – as being true – that we never stop to give them a second thought. Whether they really are true or, at least, true for us – let alone anyone else… 
 
Some are so fundamental that we probably haven’t thought about them since we were at school. The Sun will rise each morning and set each evening. Stars shine in the night sky. Earth turn and gravity stop us from “falling off” and spinning out into space (!). 
Tea and coffee, particularly how they are NOT a substitute for water (!), are a regular topic of conversation with Clients. In fact, if we had a pound for every time we talked about them, we’d be very rich by now! 
 
However, in response to a rather infuriated response recently from a Client – that there must be some benefits to drinking them – we thought we’d take the hint and use it as the topic for this week’s blog post. Having said that – as we also pointed out to them – not all caffeinated beverages are the same and there are several caveats. For some reason, this didn’t go down very well (!), but we suspect this had more to do with their coffee habit than anything else… 
Perhaps you’ve heard this rather old fashioned saying before, whether the sewing metaphor resonates with you or not (!). 
 
If it doesn’t – and you’d prefer a more up to date version – here goes. Pro active beats reactive every time. 
 
Usually trotted out in connection with problems, the logic behind it is quite simple and self explanatory. The sooner you deal with a potential problem, the better, as it’s likely to be simpler, easier and quicker to deal with. It not, you run the risk of it becoming bigger or more difficult to resolve. Dare we say it, basic common sense really… 
While the title of this week’s post may be stating the blindingly obvious (!), in this high tech world of ours it’s all too easy to reach for the painkillers at the first sign of any pain or discomfort. 
 
Sadly, this trend is borne out by the figures, although there’s a huge variety in those being quoted, let alone in different countries with, unsurprisingly, America leading the way. Despite this, the message is the same. Prescriptions of opium based painkillers have increased dramatically in the last 10 years with no signs of this trend being reversed. 
We love this expression and it perfectly sums up what we’d like to talk about today. If you haven’t come across this phrase before, it dates back to the Middle Ages and was used by map makers to indicate unchartered areas. As little was known about them they were assumed to be dangerous, harbouring all sorts of monsters and other unmentionable beasts. Hence the warning writ large on early maps. 
 
Looking at this through modern eyes, it’s easy to laugh at such beliefs or superstitions. How on earth could anyone possibly believe such a ludicrous thing? However, before we mock too much, the unpalatable truth is that every person – and generation – has their own particular set of dragons. Unchartered territories they prefer to avoid. And we’re not just talking about physical areas either. What about all those new – or different – ideas, ways of doing things or dreaded emotions we’ll do anything to avoid? 
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