It’s almost a year since I started this blog, when I had an idea of what my next book would be about. Reflecting on the progress I’ve made, the truth is that there is not much to show for that year. I found myself over the weekend wondering just how many times I will need to refocus and attempt to get myself organised (you may have read about some of my efforts here over the year, but none of them have been the magic answer).
My first thoughts were that I am human, and ordinary, and fallible. (more…)
I saw an advert on TV last night for the British Heart Foundation (an organisation which educates on and researches into heart disease). In this advert the organisation has adopted kind of terminology which has for a long time been associated with cancer charities. We are told by everyone in the advert that they HATE heart disease, and we are urged to donate to the fight. I wonder if I am the only one whose heart sinks at this wording.
There must be something in us that this way of describing a disease appeals to immensely. (more…)
I’ve been pondering on the topic of love. Not just romantic love, but all the relationships we have in our lives. You know what I mean when I say that I love my mother – but how do you know that? (more…)
I had one of those days yesterday, where I realised I had messed up. Missed some things I had committed to doing, and just generally felt like I was letting down the people around me. I’m not asking anyone to feel sorry for me – I did enough of that for myself yesterday – and I know that many of my friends are facing much bigger problems than I am. I guess what I am interested in is what I can learn from this (and how I can mess up less in the future). (more…)
This week I am focussing on generosity, and its opposite – holding on. It only takes a quick glance around my (and most other people’s) house to discover that most of us have far too much of everything. Mostly things we will never use again, but are keeping ‘just in case’. I pride myself on tackling this problem – I would much rather things were being used than sitting in my house. And yet I still occasionally feel I am drowning in a sea of stuff. Sometimes it is simply the time it takes to deal with things and get them out of the door.
Giving away things you no longer use is only one kind of generosity. (more…)
These thoughts for the week are completely driven by what has happened in my life during that week. And this week the feature has been inspiration. As I sat down to write this blog post, I had the distinct feeling that I have written about this before, but on checking back through thoughts for the week gone by I can’t find anything directly. Perhaps instead I simply know that I have been inspired before.
Inspiration is fascinating because you can’t force it. Instead it seems to me that it happens because you make space for it, create the eonvironment in which it can flourish. (more…)
My husband and I probably read far too much fiction set in post-apocalyptic worlds, like the excellent Last Light by Alex Scarrow. Sometimes it makes me paranoid and wondering if I should be stockpiling bottled water. The good side of it, though, is that it has made me realise how lucky I am. (more…)