Taking a moment to honour my mother. This is the woman who gave birth to me in South Africa, two weeks before Christmas, two months before her twentieth birthday, the parent I grew up with in Africa, before she returned to live in the UK when I was 21. I had 'left' home for practical … Continue reading A Tribute To My Mother
Forgive To Be Free When I was a teenager, after my first stepfather died, tragically, I remember discovering deep inside me a thought that the deeper the pain, the more the capacity for love / happiness / joy ... as if the pain was like a drill, making space to fill the void … Continue reading Forgive To Be Free
Today my attention wandered to the WordPress Reader, a screen where one can see a list of latest posts published by WordPress bloggers, feeling a little lost in the process of swapping computer screens, my day having passed fairly unproductively thus far. Perhaps I was instinctively looking for a little plank to stand on in … Continue reading What Is Brave?
When we feel heard and valued, we find that we can do amazing things. Have you found that even the most optimistic among us begin to falter and slide, when integrity is challenged by the judgement and misunderstanding of others? I have seen this happen to people with great promise, who have been put upon … Continue reading When We Feel Heard And Valued
Discovering Farewell Somewhere close by, the frantic honking of geese Answered rudely by a sleepy donkey. The night sky was clear, the moon like cheese Our warm breath mingled, so that where we sat all misty. So much time gone by, in which to fill minutes with conversation, Yet we merely skimmed surfaces of our … Continue reading Discovering Farewell ~ A Poem
On Forgiveness, in life generally and from a Christian perspective ... Forgiveness is the starting point of any type of success, and is necessary every hour, every day. Forgiveness is one of the driving factors that prevent childishness, tantrums, delays, excuses, the laying of blame ... and all other forms of behaviour … Continue reading Forgiveness Is Key
What really matters is how much we love.
When people talk about others, remember that they are just as capable of talking about you. Be careful. When you notice that people have slipped into the shadows, know that they have not collected their facts. Be careful. When groups fall off the ledge of your life, know that they have been spreading rumour and … Continue reading When People Talk About Others
Friday Thought Gratitude, helping others, appreciating the abundance of the planet and doing what you can to tread lightly, sharing out of what you have, opening your mind to the possibilities of making a difference right where you are, trusting in divine providence, minding your own business, refusing to gossip, attending to … Continue reading Friday Thought ~ Break The Chains
People often mistake strength for courage, loyalty and perseverance. How often have we called someone 'strong', without ever knowing how many tears they've shed, how often they have had to grit their teeth and smile and take another little step despite the waves, how much they are hurting behind their determination to keep their heads … Continue reading A Little Note On Strength