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I am powerful

I am powerful

If you can recognize a purpose which is yours to fulfil you will find the internal and external resources to realize it, no matter what the odds. Continue reading

Taking the plunge – Facing the fear.

Taking the plunge – Facing the fear.

Do you know that something in your life needs to change, but you either don’t know how to start or where to start , or you are too afraid of where starting may take you? In attempting an answer, I turn to David Whyte. This time from the opening stanza of his poem, Start Close … Continue reading

You do not have to be good …

You do not have to be good …

 How’s that for the first line of a poem? Probably not a line you would like to share, out of context, with your children or teenagers. But it’s a radical statement. Mary Oliver, the poet, isn’t exhorting us to be bad. She’s encouraging us to be authentic; to be self-accepting and forgiving; to believe that we … Continue reading

Something good in all of us

Something good in all of us

On a recent walk I am deep in thought. An elderly Zulu man with a steel wool beard stops in front of me. This is not our first encounter. As before, he has had a few drinks, but is reasonably steady on his feet. Usually, it is just, “Sawubona!” and we are on our way … Continue reading

Fire up your creativity

Fire up your creativity

Do you feel as though your creativity has dried up and that you will never write another story or poem; never paint or sink your fingers into clay again? There is  good news. Your creativity has not disappeared. You are probably just exhausted from trying to be all things to all people; depleted by the buzyness … Continue reading

Surrender or Control?

Surrender or Control?

Knowing how difficult it is for many of us to make significant changes, I have enormous admiration for the easeful way in which other forms of life surrender to changes in their external world. Recently, on a retreat at Solitude, in the Midlands, I watched an autumn leaf falling to the ground . And I thought about how easily she submitted … Continue reading