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GLASS HALF FULL - an interview of Steve Twynham with me

Last week I was interviewed by Steve Twynham from Inspire Radio. A great channel, with lovely hosts and top music! It’s a wide range of conversation and it was fun. I told him how I was born with a fascination for the topic time. And I tell a few personal anecdotes from my life. And why I believe that we need to disconnect as much as possible.

“I disconnect as much as possible.

I have firm limitation access to my mails, to the internet and my phone. It’s a considerable effort to break all the blockers I have installed everywhere. I can turn off the phone for days – knowing that I will not be reachable even for clients and they might get annoyed, but often I have to say, they are impressed because they would also love to do it. I do, and my business is still running.”


Do you know what makes me happy?

To be alive. That’s where my happiness begins and I don’t feel guilty anymore, feeling happy even in difficult times.

This is a little insight to my life philosophy, where I tell you about two attitudes that have always supported me.

A little outtake:

“Once, as a teenager, I was in a group with other people, and I remember that they weren’t happy. But I was. But I did not want to stand out. And I almost felt guilty about feeling good. So it was easier to say; yeah, it’s so shitty right now. A few days ago I heard, for the second time this week, someone saying, almost whispering into my ear: “Just between us, but I’m doing great, but one can not say so during a pandemic, can we?” Yes, we can and we should! If you are happy right now, remind others, that it is still possible to feel good. Life is too short to feel guilty about feeling good.“

Enjoy this episode about being alive. Until next week in your ear. Take care, AnnA

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Thanks to my soulmate, we enter this important topic about friendship and friends. Welcome. A little outtake: “I have had many stories with and about friendship. I have made friends. I have lost friends. Once I even borrowed friends. But that’s another story. The definition of friends was easier many many years ago. We lived in community; we cooked, worked, lived and died together. Today is different. Friends are scattered around the world. We can build friendships through the internet. Friendship has changed. But also the way we live has changed. Today, we often live in our little cocoons. Is there anything wrong with this? I don’t know. I only believe that oneself should one day think about this topic. Today might be the day, where you re-define friendship for yourself. I mean, when is a friend a friend? Let’s find out…“

This was Diabolo, one of my best friends.

(middle photo: me in my bus. He stood there until I went to bed)

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