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The Jackson 5 I Want You Back
The Best Michael Jackson & Jackson Five, Polygram Tv, 1
Coldplay Hurts Like Heaven
(CD Single), Parlophone, 1
The Edwin Hawkins Singers Oh Happy Day
25 Years Of Rock'n'Roll 1969 (Vol 2), Connoisseur
T. Rex I Love To Boogie
T. Rex - The Singles As & Bs, Repertoire
Keane Crystal Ball
(CD Single), Island
The Beatles From Me To You
The Beatles - 1, Apple, 2
The Killers Human
Day & Age, Mercury, 1
Kylie Minogue On A Night Like This (The Abbey Road Sessions)
(CD Single), Parlophone, 2
Glen Campbell Wichita Lineman
Country Moods (Various Artists), Polygram Tv
Noah and the Whale Tonight's The Kind Of Night
(CD Single), Mercury, 1
Joe South The Games People Play
The Hits Of 1969 (Various Artists), MFP
The Script The Man Who Can't Be Moved (Live)
The Greatest Hits Of 1969, Premier
Deep Blue Something Breakfast At Tiffany's
This Year's Love (Various Artists) C, Global Television
Sammy Davis Jr. The Candy Man
Hits Of 1971 & 1972 (Various Artists), Polydor
Robbie Williams Different
(CD Single), Island, 4
Journey Don't Stop Believing
Rock Of America (Various Artists), Trax Label
OMC How Bizarre
Now 34 (Various Artists), Now
The Rolling Stones Miss You
The Rolling Stones - Forty Licks, Abkco
Alison Moyet Love Resurrection
Alison Moyet Singles, Columbia
Prince Rock And Roll Love Affair
(CD Single), NPG Records
Whitney Houston One Moment In Time
All Woman (Various Artists), Quality
U2 With Or Without You
U2 - The Joshua Tree, Island
Taylor Swift Red
Pause for Thought
From Simon Cohen, who runs a communications agency.
In the last week, the baby has grown from the size of a turnip to a mango. But once we've all stopped growing upwards - or in my wife's case, outwards - what does it really mean for us to grow?
Well, there’s loads in the media at the moment about ‘growth.’ Almost always in economic terms, the challenge is to get more, get bigger, go faster. But there’s a story in Indian mythology that challenges us to think differently.
Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati have a special fruit from the gods - which just so happens to be a mango - and both sons, the elephant deity Ganesha and the handsome Skanda, naturally want it. The parents tell them 'whoever circles the globe three times, and returns first, will win the fruit'.
Skanda mounts his peacock and flies off around the world, stopping at sacred sites to offer his prayers. Ganesha looks at his own vehicle, a mouse, and pauses for thought.
After a while, with great devotion, he approaches his parents, and walks around them three times. ‘Why are you not circling the globe?’ they ask. Ganesha responds, ‘My parents, you are the whole world to me.’ He wins the mango.
The growth of Ganesha lies in his maturity, in the face of adversity, to reflect upon his deepest values, and to look at the world differently to those around him.
When we hear about friends or people in the media who are jet-setting and spending, as we are still tightening our belts, we might feel a bit like Ganesha staring at his mouse, as Skanda soars off into the distance.
But as someone who is going to be a parent, I now realise that there is no greater growth than to be able to stand still and be happy. Our deepest values transcend society’s ideas of what it means to grow, to be successful. When we pause for thought, we might just see that the whole world is right in front of us.
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