Everyone’s In A Hurry

Everyone’s In A Hurry

Is it just me, or do most people seem to be in a hurry these day? Rushing to get up in the morning? Rushing to get to work? Rushing to get things done? Rushing to get home? Rush, rush, rush! I guess I’ve long been aware of it, but I really noticed it the other evening on the way to a meeting. I like to walk or take public transport where I can, so the trip was around 20 minutes on the metro and another 30 minutes walk along a couple of busy city streets. Destinations and journeys I...

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Life: Powerful And Fragile

Life: Powerful And Fragile

My younger daughter lost her first tooth last week and the older turned 17 a couple of weeks ago. I woke up this morning with both of these things on my mind, a melancholy feeling and a sense that life is slipping me by. Sometimes I believe I’ll live forever, and at other times I’m very connected to my own mortality. Isn’t this one of the very many paradoxes we live with? The power of life itself and the fragility of life in us as individuals? Fragility of life I spoke to a friend today who’s living with the...

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Searching For Honesty

Searching For Honesty

Often I hear honesty talked about as black or white – either I’m honest or dishonest in what I say. It’s even combined with the common habit of labelling so that people are then classified into honest or dishonest. Isn’t it a bit trickier than that? Is ‘honesty’ really that straightforward? Honesty – a core value I consider honesty one of the core values we all share and strive for – not least with ourselves. One of my teachers put it something like this: ‘We’re all searching for our Truth. The problem is we’re surrounded by half-truth, so we...

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Interrupting With Grace

Interrupting With Grace

Do you hate it when people interrupt you? You know those situations – when you’re half way through expressing your thought and someone butts in and starts jabbering themselves? I confess I do it, myself. Yes, it’s true. I am an interrupter! Why do people interrupt I’ve been thinking about this for some time and there are several possible reasons, why I interrupt: I want to annoy you and guess this will do the trick I know what you’re going to say and I’ll express it better than you possibly could I disagree with you and can’t wait to...

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Languages Of Love

Languages Of Love

As you’ve probably picked up, I’m a great advocate of honest and empathic communication. When I get my communication sorted out, so many things are more enjoyable and peaceful in my life. One area of my life I struggled with over the years has been my intimate relationships. I guess I’m not the only one! I’ve found them a source of great joy, growth and inspiration (plus 2 lovely daughters!) and also a huge challenge and headache. I’ve learned from the many mistakes I made and I’d like to say I’ve now hit on a magic solution for success...

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Love Doesn’t Make You Telepathic

Love Doesn’t Make You Telepathic

I’m not telepathic, I never have been and I doubt I ever will. I’m not ruling out the possibility entirely, as evolution (or the Creator, if you prefer that explanation) has worked wonders so far … but I’m not going to bet any money on it. There are times though, when I tend to treat people as if they do have the power to read my mind, especially in my intimate relationships. I have noticed that sometimes I hope and wait for, in this case my wife, to  notice I want something. It could be as simple as a...

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