In Praise of Sadness

We often feel guilty for our feelings of sadness or depression. It seems that we should be happy because we have everything we need: food, clean water, shelter and security. But feelings don’t work like that. Sadness cannot always be resolved by thinking how lucky we are, any more than a broken leg can.

Regeneration: Let Go and Live with the Cycles of Life.

All things have a time of incubation and then birth. This is followed by a season of growth, ascending to full maturity and ripeness. But no idea, relationship or career can be at the height of its power indefinitely. There must eventually be a lessening of energy, decay and finally death. Of course the growth…

How can I be the change?

“Be the change that you wish to see in the world.” ― Mahatma Gandhi             This is one of the most inspiring quotes I know. But it’s also a huge challenge. How can I be the change I want to see, when the world’s problems seem so overwhelming and I…

End of winter mood boosters

I’ve done all the things I look forward to about winter. I’ve sat by a roaring fire, enjoyed roast dinners, casseroles and hot chocolate with whipped cream. I’ve lit candles and turned on the fairy lights. I’ve snuggled under a throw with a good book. I’ve had my long winter rest and I’m ready for…

Journaling as Relationship Saver

  Journaling can be a powerful tool to resolve conflicts amicably. Spending some time journaling before confronting someone over an issue that is bothering you can help you be more objective and clear about the relationship and help you to manage your expectations of others in a way that creates less drama and hurt and is…

Overcoming Fear

To be unafraid we need to examine where our fears come from. Nearly all of our fears can be divided into two categories Fear of not having enough Fear of not being enough These fears are often socially constructed by those who want us to behave in certain ways.  For example, the fear of being not…

Trusting Myself

Before I started this blog, I read four books on blogging and got myself in a muddle trying to follow all their advice. I’ve done the same with the book I’m writing. Believe me, if there was a book called ‘How to live your life,’ complete with itemised checklists, I’d follow it to the letter. Why?…