“We fear excess, so we embrace mediocrity and call it balance... When it comes to our faith and our testimony, we mustn’t downplay, soft-pedal or sidestep the very things God has given us that make us distinctive. If we do, people will be disappointed and go elsewhere. The disciples didn’t blend in with the … Continue reading Balance smellance!
Things are not as they should be. Others need to change. Life would be better “if”... A storyline I’m spiraling down on. Anger, frustration, and disappointment – my pen’s fuel. Oh! Now I see her. The frowning one. Directing this narrative. Hello, Discontent. The first of January. And ... the beginning of a whole … Continue reading [Dis]content
Last week the wonderful Dawn Kotzer, said this “The reality is, I do my art inside the wrinkles of time between other priorities of the day.” This wonderful statement - “wrinkles of time” has kicked ole “not enough time” and her mate “there’s no point starting”, off their perch. Moments between tasks have value. … Continue reading The wrinkles of time
Although mindfulness mantras are all around us, and we nod in agreement about “being fully present”, the fact is that many of us struggle with concentration. The words “just focus”, aren’t that helpful when it comes to mastering our attention, yet it’s what we say to ourselves and to our children anytime concentration is … Continue reading How to concentrate
I’m driving home from work and the guy in the lane beside me, cuts in front of me. Expletives pour from my mouth, the horn is honked. And thus begins a charged narrative about “that stupid jerk”. From this single encounter, an elaborate head-tale, a story I believe. Byron Katie challenges the narrative: Is … Continue reading Head-tale
Without labeling or processing or categorizing. Without judgment or comparison nor making sense of. I don’t think 'noticing' requires my interpretation. It might like my consideration. Or my attention. Or not. Maybe just noticing [fullstop] Quietly. Giving possibility then, to notice something more, given the opportunity.
Last night I awoke to the word “imagine” in my head. It felt so soothing and comforting, an actual salve to the worry on my heart. So I reached for my pen in the dark and wrote it down. This beautiful word invited me in. “Try me”, it said. I remember as a kid, … Continue reading Imagine
I have just finished reading “Why we sleep” by Matthew Walker. It is filled with the most fascinating insights about the many benefits of sleep, all backed by science - covering memory, creativity, mental health, dementia, ADHD, driving accidents, PTSD, DNA, cancer, heart health and lots more. I have come away from this book absolutely … Continue reading Why we sleep matters
I was walking behind a very slow person on my way to work. I couldn’t get past her because the footpath (which is quite wide) was being overtaken by oncoming pedestrians intent on holding their ground, moving for no one. This happens on most days. When it upsets me, I tend to internally dialogue … Continue reading 2 minutes being right Vs a day of shame
Decision paralysis is easy to achieve in a day filled with options and choices. So how do we filter the magnitude of decisions wisely without feeling FOMO? It came to me the other day, that I need to think about my choices with growth in mind and the side note to this was, and … Continue reading Growth in mind