Renée Paule

"We're the only obstacle we need to overcome."

Just Around the Bend: Más o Menos

My first illustrated book. A compelling and at times uncomfortable look at the world of Humanity through the eyes of one of its inhabitants. You may find yourself nodding your head in agreement and perhaps shaking it in disagreement. However, what you can’t deny are the truths contained within about the human psychological condition; in other words, our incredible human traits and behaviour.

Unusually, for its genres, this book is illustrated with a little character I designed and call Dilly (which means something or someone remarkable). Dilly is a thought form that thinks and he depicts some of our most endearing (and not so endearing) human traits. Illustrations are only available in paperback versions.

“One way to stop the noise in our heads is to recognise and watch the thoughts coming and going. Initially this isn’t easy as our mind wanders off without us realising it, we daydream or even fall asleep. The thoughts come and go like waves on an ocean but we can choose to surf on them or let them roll to the shore; either way they’re still part of the ocean - memories.”
“Sometimes discerning what’s happening is just a question of changing our perspective. If for example there’s a 1 in 100 chance of winning the lottery, we get more of an idea about what that means when we discern there’s a 99 in 100 chance of losing. If the lottery were advertised this way we wouldn’t buy tickets. When we turn things around they’ll look very different. ”
“Imagine you’re driving along a motorway and you’re almost out of petrol. You’re about to pass a service station and the sign tells you there’s another station in forty miles. The mind tells us we’ll make it to the second station but the other voice in our heads says “be wise and fill up here”. However, we tend to listen to the mind as this is our familiar habit, but, this habit gets us into familiar situations; the mind lives on the edge of danger.”