How to Yield Well

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Picture the scene: you’re walking along a pavement in these plague years, minding your best business when, from around the corner, another person appears on your pavement – and they’re on a collision course with you. Straightaway you notice how narrow the path looks. It’s easily less than 6 feet and so, obviously, you won’t be able to pass each other without both invading the other person’s socially mandated exclusion zone. At the same time, you notice that cars are steaming by inches away from your elbow and there is nothing but private gardens on the other side. What can you possibly do! Well, here’s where, hopefully, Yielding Well comes into its own.

You can do one of several things – walk into the road and hope that the people driving those metallically glinting cars will notice and slow down. Or you can hop over the fence or wall of the garden you’re passing and hope you don’t get shot as a trespasser (although, to be honest, it’s only in certain states in the US you need to worry about that and you’ll have to get over some jolly high walls and past a storm of rabid guard-dogs before being shot even becomes a concern). Or you can carry on walking with your head turned away from your fellow pavement-user whilst holding your breath. But whichever way you do it, it’s important to keep hold of your dignity and not succumb to doing anything that you wouldn’t want recording and posting on YouTube.

But even if you do Yield Well, there are still, unfortunately, things that can go wrong.

Imagine being in the scenario above and deciding to cross the road and then, having accomplished said feat to the soundtrack of car-horns blaring and tyres screeching, look back at the other person on the other side of the road only to find that they have completely vanished from the pavement you left! You then realise that they’ve arrived at their own house and are in the process of unlocking their front door from the safety of their garden or, worse, finding that they had exactly the same idea as you and, risking death and dismemberment, crossed the same road and are now heading towards you on the pavement on your side of the road!

When all’s done and ended, here’s your takeaway point: Yield what you consider to be your sovereign territory as gracefully as you possibly can because actually – it’s not your pavement at all. So, either make the effort to get out of the way (not put your head down and charge whilst thinking that they should jolly well get out of your way) or pass on the same pavement whilst keeping your breath and muttered imprecations to yourself as much as possible (not stopping in front of them like some crazy Gandalf-like character and demanding that they get off your blooming path). Or – just turn around and walk the other way.

Then, of course, you should go straight home, raid your emergency chocolate stash and then throw yourself onto your bed and vow never to go out of the house again until that gosh-darned plague has well and truly gone from your shores.

And that’s all we have time for today. Tune in next time for more How to tips and tricks. Until then – Yield Well.

Personal Growth

I like to write pieces about how I have grown and gained in knowledge and (dare I say it at such a tender age) wisdom.

It strikes me than one possible way I can grow is to stop writing these self-agrandising pieces and just acknowledge that I am as ordinary and flawed as the next man. I say man because, as we all know, women are the very epitome of perfection. Or so my wife would lead me to believe. But that’s a topic for another day.

What I want to get into the habit of is going beyond all the petty concerns of my (haha) ego.

At the moment I obsess about how my body is doing (all those push-ups and sit-ups have to be worth something), how creative I am (honestly), where I am compared to my fellow man (not woman, you’ll note) and how prepared I am for the coming robocalypse. And it’s not doing me a jot of good.

You see, everything is falling apart.

The looks I once imagined I had are crumbling apace. My body grows incrementally weaker by the hour. My hairline is creeping backwards. My mind forgets words. My will to engage weakens. Everything I was once proud of is slowly but steadily slipping away.

So here’s my latest goal in life: not to give a trot about all that stuff anymore.

Instead I’m going to focus on:

  • being a nice, kinder person that helps other people,
  • doing things for the joy of doing them (rather than for what I can get out of them) and
  • preparing for death calmly and peacefully (albeit hoping that it will occur later rather than sooner).

Wish me luck.

I’m Taking a Guru

I’m taking a Guru,
And here’s the thing – it’s You.

Someone I like as a guru sounds comfortable and doable.
Someone I dislike as a guru sounds disturbing but workable.
Everyone as a guru sounds absolutely bizarre and yet wonderful!

So be true.
All you.

I Create My Own Experience

I’ve been sent surveys asking for my experience with organisations. Strikes me that the way I feel depends more on me than them. If I engage with institutions in an interested and interesting way, then my experience is generally positive. If I don’t, then it often isn’t.

I sometimes forget that I’m talking to people. I forget that they have their own individual lives, loves and feelings outside of their role as a company peon.

Therefore, I’ve decided to be more engaging and engaged in my interactions with the people working for corporate bodies.

Here’s my plan:

  • Take every opportunity to speak up
  • Make friends with people I talk to
  • Remember that peeps really matter
  • Learn as much as possible from folk
  • Realise that I’m not always right
  • Listen to the advice that I receive.

Right, I’m going to fill in a couple of surveys now.


I set down my mug with so much pride.

This is the best place for my drink – the same place I put it yesterday, the day before that and all the other yesterdays. It’s safe there because I know where it is. I won’t bother it there.

Then I sat down at the table.

As I eased myself in, one of my knees hit the table quite hard. The force of it made everything in the surface wobble, including the mug, which slopped hot liquid onto everything around it.

While I busied myself mopping up the hot liquid, my cornflakes going soggy in front of me, I thought about the saying ‘pride goes before a fall’.

Mystery Blogger Award

Mystery Blogger Award

This Is my mumbleth award on this blog, which was only inaugurated on the 1st of April this year – so you could say that I’m still a new blogger. What a great way to keep me motivated and inspired!

It’s been amazing getting to know different inspiring bloggers and their wonderful blogs. I am totally blessed to be a part of this community.

I would love to thank Grace Bey for nominating me on this post. She is an awesome blogger, an amazing writer and inspiration to me. Since I’ve known her she has supported me on this blog and in such an inspiring and energetic way. Do check her out and if you haven’t followed her – do it now!!


  • Display the award logo/image on your blog
  • List the rules.
  • Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to the nominator’s blog.
  • Mention the creator of the award and provide a link as well
  • Tell your readers 3 things about yourself
  • Answer 5 questions from the nominator
  • Nominate 10 -20 bloggers
  • Notify your nominees by leaving the nomination link in the “comment” of their blog
  • Ask your nominees any 5 questions of your choice, with one weird or funny question (specify)
  • Share the link(s) to your best post(s)

Three things about me:

  • I’m shyly ambitious,
  • Awesomely talented and
  • Quite, quite charming (and if only I could crack this humility thing, I’d be perfect).


  1. What inspires you to write?
    My own dreams and desires seek expression in the world
  2. If you were given an opportunity to make a change in the world, what change would that be and why?
    I would have us all see that it all makes sense – because it does.
  3. What are your views on the afterlife?
    This is the afterlife that came after the last afterlife and comes before the next one.
  4. What is the craziest thing you have done?
    Fallen in love with myself.
  5. What would you do if someone picked their nose in front of you? (haha)
    I would twine my arm with theirs and pick my own nose. (hahaha)


My Nominees:

I’m only going to name ten here, but if you are reading this, and feel inspired – consider yourself nominated. Just let me know in the comments and I’ll add a link to your blog below.

  1. Magarisa
  2. Clare
  3. Yasmin
  4. Kristen
  5. Amelia
  6. Blossy Girl
  7. C White
  8. Dahlia
  9. Vannessa
  10. Joss

My Questions:

  1. Where did you come from?
  2. How did you get here?
  3. What are you going to do now that you’ve arrived?
  4. Where will you go next?
  5. What will you do there?

My Best Post:

Here are some of my best posts for you to check out:

  1. What He Did Next
  2. Gone Sun Gone
  3. How To Get more Followers!
  4. Show and Tell
  5. Orphaned Paper

You are all amazing people and talented writers.
Keep on being the best you that you can be.
Keep on writing your heart out.
Keep inspiring the world.
I love you all. ❤