Recently, I've been really inspired by the ultrarunner, writer and podcaster Rich Roll. To have gone as he did from 40 and desperately unfit, to a plant-fuelled world-class ultrarunner is an utterly compelling story. Suitably inspired, last night I set myself the goal of getting up early this morning and going for a run. I … Continue reading Choose your mood (or getting out of bed the wrong side)
The other week I was chatting to a colleague who's about the same age as me. We were looking back on our twenty-odd year careers since University and how many different experiences we had each had in that time. Some good, many hard and some a real drudge, but all of which had helped to … Continue reading Show up daily and do the work
The hard yards. Those last few reps. From Gethsemane to Calvary. The final mile. The last half-hour. Where the pain is, Where the struggle is, But where the growth is. Will you grow or quit? Will you be like Ali and: "Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a Champion" Comfort or the … Continue reading The hard yards
I get my hair cut by a guy in town named Joey. Joey runs a small barber’s shop – just himself and a colleague – and I pay him more than half again what it would cost me anywhere else. And do you know what? I’m happy to! Why do I do that? Well for … Continue reading What difference do you bring?
If you've never had the pleasure, I can recommend the Book of Proverbs in the Old Testament as an excellent read. It is chock-full of so much old wisdom and has something to teach us on many, many subjects. In amongst all of this good teaching, there's a verse that I particularly love: "As iron … Continue reading As iron sharpens iron…
As I mentioned in this post, I am one of life's note-takers. I believe that it is one of the key practices in living an intentional life, seeking purpose. Whether I'm in a meeting, at church, in a cafe or whatever, I always have a notebook with me. I write things down because I like … Continue reading Notebook or journal?
I am one of life's compulsive writers-down of things. For years, I have carried a notebook of one sort or another to capture things as they happen. Anything from random thoughts, shopping lists, phone numbers, meeting notes, diary entries, checklists and so on. I'll post more in the future on the system I've evolved to … Continue reading The powerful art of journaling
"What is this life if, full of care, We have no time to stand and stare." From "Leisure" by William Henry Davies I love this short passage because in the busy-ness of life it speaks of the benefit of slowing down, taking in the scenery and paying attention to what's going on around us. The weather was … Continue reading Time to stand and stare
I've changed the name and address of my blog. It's been a while coming, but for a long time now I've wanted to expand this blog to be about more than just my faith. Now don't misread this, my Christian faith is the cornerstone of my life - the rock that I build all of … Continue reading New blog name, new purpose