Well, it’s finally happened.

For the last 7 years me and my family have lived in this house, we’ve been blessed with a beautiful view out back.

Devon fields for as far as the eye can see, all the way up to Haldon Hills forest.

The view from my office is always inspiring: Spring, Summer, Autumn Winter.

I’ve watched squirrels, pheasants, crows, magpies, sparrows, blue tits, wood pigeons and even the occasional jay (which are quite rare around these parts).

In late Summer the field directly opposite would be full of sheep and at night you could hear them ‘baa-ing’.

Yes, it was a lovely location and the source of much inspiration for my writing.

But all that’s going to change now.

You see the farmer sold the land to property developers a year or so ago.

Of course me and my neighbours did what we could.

  • We signed petitions
  • Lobbied our local councillors
  • Wrote to our Member of Parliament
  • Went to planning meetings and voiced our disapproval
  • Attended local development meetings.

You name it…

We done it.

You can probably guess the end result.

Yup, that’s right.

It didn’t make a blind bit of difference.

We’re getting 1000+ new houses whether we like it or not.

Now don’t misunderstand me, I’m not against the need for new housing. I just don’t think Dawlish needs that much new housing.

Anyway, that’s not the point I want to make.

And it’s not the reason I’m sharing this news with you.

Nope, it allows me to share an important lesson with you.

Take a look at the photograph below:


Am I happy about this?

Of course not.

Instead of the wind, rain and wildlife outside my window, for the next God only knows how many years I’m going to have JCB’s, building equipment and builders to contend with whilst I try to work.

They start at 8am and finish at 6pm and they make noise all the way through.

How would you feel?

But you know what?

I accept it.

I don’t like it, I don’t want it but I’ll accept it.

I know I’ve done everything I can, short of getting naked and chaining myself to a JCB (hey, there’s still time!) – so now I’ve got to let it go and live life on life’s terms.

I know it won’t be easy, and if they cut the trees down I think I’ll cry.

But I’ve adopted a simple philosophy for life:

  • If I can’t change it,
  • Influence it,
  • Or avoid it,

…I don’t worry about it.

Now I’ve just given you a powerful tool you can use when events in your life don’t go according to your plan and when despite your best efforts you end up with a result you don’t want.

Way I see it…

I’m wise enough to know that swimming against the tide is a waste of precious time and energy. Resources I can better invest in generating the income needed to move further out into the country.

If you think this tool might be of benefit to you…

You’re gonna love my book: Smiling From The Heart

In it I share 29 Qigong and non-Qigong tools you can use to create a life worth loving…


…of what the world wants to throw at you.

And it’s ready for immediate download here:


Bye for now