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…)
If you’re a regular reader, you might now that my husbad and I are following the 5:2 Intermittent Fasting eating programme which was featured on the Horizon television programme last year. I have been reading the book which follows up on the TV programme, The Fast Diet by Dr Michael Mosley and Mimi Spencer, and this bit of thinking comes out of something I read in there.
We know that exercise builds muscle, and apparently this happens because the muscle is damaged, which prompts the body to build more muscle so we become stronger. (more…)
When do you really get time to think? If you’re anything like me, being at home means being surrounded by numerous ‘things to do’, many of which get overlooked in favour of a sit down and a cup of tea. Thinking is plain dangerous, as it is likely to remind me of all the items on the list. As you might already know , I’ve been trying to overcome this by tackling several tasks on a daily basis. But I still find it hard to do any strategic thinking at home. (more…)
“No man is an island,” the saying goes. But you could be fooled by looking at the way we often behave. I’ve been thinking about this topic because my father is having a tough time caring for my stepmother, who has dementia. He isn’t doing it alone, as my stepsisters and stepbrother do all they can to help. However, things seem to have got to a stage where that is not enough, and I am relieved that my Dad has finally asked for more help. It seems it is still difficult for him to accept this help (more…)