There is no doubt that the world is pretty weird place at the moment. We are all having to adjust to a lot of change, very suddenly. Whether that is uncertainty at work, living and working cheek-by-jowl with our families, home-schooling children or simply the worry about what is yet to happen, almost no-one's life … Continue reading Gratitude
Well I'm still here, though I haven't blogged in quite a while. The last couple of years have been pretty crazy at work which has eaten into my time an inclination to journal and blog. Ironically, it's probably those exact processes which help to make sense of all the noise and are most needed right … Continue reading An update (long overdue)
When you were little, did your parents make you eat your greens? Did they, through a combination of deception, persuasion and coercion make you eat you peas, sprouts, cabbage and cauliflower? Why did they do that? Why? Why would a loving, caring parent FORCE their children, against their will, to eat something that they really … Continue reading Eating your greens
It's time for a bit of a change on my blog again - another step in the process of refining it into whatever it is that it's meant to be. Over the few years that I've had this blog, it's been a number of things. Firstly, it was a place for me to publish quite … Continue reading Pruning back
The other day, I blogged about the importance of having a simple and compelling vision to direct everything you do in life. So what's mine? Well when I take a look at everything I do in life, in my work, at home, in my sports hobbies and pastimes, it's quite a diverse range of responsibilities. … Continue reading So what’s my vision?
What's your purpose, your mission or your vision? What is it that guides the actions you choose to take and the direction you move towards everyday? I greatly admire the work of American author and speaker Simon Sinek. Reading (several times) his seminal work "Start With Why" has been a game-changer for me in beginning … Continue reading A clear vision?
A little while ago I wrote this short piece. It wasn't intended to be poetry and I wouldn't really presume to call it such. It was inspired largely by how I was feeling at the time, but also by one of my favourite actual poems "The Road Less Travelled" by Robert Frost. Especially the last … Continue reading The road less travelled
The Apostle Paul wrote: "I know how to live on almost nothing or with everything. I have learned the secret of living in every situation, whether it is with a full stomach or empty, with plenty or little. For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength." Philippians 4:12-13 (NLT) What he meant was … Continue reading Joy
An important note to begin with: What follows is not meant to apply to people suffering from depression or similar mental health conditions. As anyone who has lived with such an illness (or someone with one) knows, you can't simply cheer yourself up under those circumstances. OK onward... As I blogged yesterday, motivationally speaking, I … Continue reading Choose your mood – Part 2
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)