There has been a lot of shaking happening in New Zealand at the moment. Last week a large earthquake occurred in the South Island. The aftershocks and tremors of which are still happening. The damage to the land and to people's homes and livelihoods is severe. The landscape is forever altered. In our lives there are occurrences,… Continue reading Shaken not stirred
Category: Life Lessons
How is your heart?
"Haal-e shoma chetoreh?" In Persian one asks another "Haal-e shoma chetoreh?" It's like our version of "how are you doing?" In fact it's better than that. Translated, it is actually asking about the transient state of one's heart. In other words "how is your heart doing at this very moment, at this breath?" How is your… Continue reading How is your heart?
A Life Upside Down
First Leicester City won the Football Premier League in England. The Chicago Cubs then won the World League series after a 100 year drought. Then after 111 years of silence Ireland stormed to victory against the All Blacks. 2016 has also been the year that no one saw of Brexit and Trump for President of the United States.… Continue reading A Life Upside Down
Trust - Firm belief in the reliability, truth of someone or something. Everyday we trust - we trust that our cars will get us to our destination, that the alarm will go off in the morning. We trust in people that we live and work with. We trust the banks that hold our money. We trust. But… Continue reading Trust.
"The fears are paper tigers" (Amelia Earhart) Fear in the right situations is good and provides us with a healthy caution. But more often it just produces undue stress and anxiety. It will often start as a mere thought that then creates emotions that then impact our decisions and actions. Fear is a weapon of the enemy.… Continue reading Paper Tigers
Life is a Playground
Slippery slides slip you down Swinging swings swing you up and down Giant poles try to hold everything up without moving Pointy ladders climb you up Climby monkey bars hold you still Spinning roundabouts get you...dizzy... (Poem- At the Playground) My 8 year old wrote this poem. A great description of a playground. A great description… Continue reading Life is a Playground
"Our hearts will take us where our heads can't fit." (Bill Johnson) My nine year old is studying space at school. He has us outside most nights pointing to the various constellations and planets that he can now recognise. With it has come a plethora of questions. Questions of Galaxies and Universes. Imaginations of what… Continue reading Unfathomable
I'm not particularly gifted in hospitality. Actually the word "particularly" is probably superfluous to that statement! I once famously kept a friend of my flatmate's on our doorstep for over an hour before it dawned on my that maybe I should invite the poor guy in. And maybe when I did I should have offered him… Continue reading Stepping Out
Behind the Stone Wall
The roads were busy. Road works seemingly everywhere. Everything just felt busy. People driving to work, to appointments, to coffee, to wherever. My to do list felt as long as the traffic queued in front of me. The city was alive, on the go, and yes busy. Yet in a central suburb is an oasis,… Continue reading Behind the Stone Wall
Making a Difference
"Did I offer peace today? Did I bring a smile to someone's face? Did I say words of healing? Did I let go of my anger and resentment? Did I forgive? Did I love? These are the real questions." (Henri Nouwen) I was having one of those "meh" days. Heading out late one evening to… Continue reading Making a Difference