Wednesday, 24 June 2020

Off Centre

I've spent much of my life walking down the centre of the road.

I tell myself it's important to be safe. Security comes first.

It's a hard cruel world, so I'd better play it safe now than be sorry later.

Fools rush in.......

But nothing is more certain than if I walk down the centre of the road, I am going to be hit by the traffic coming from both directions.

Playing it safe is the most dangerous thing I can possibly do.

I think we only really get to grow and move ahead in life when we challenge ourselves.


Lyrics from Left of Center by Suzanne Vega

"If you want me, you can find me,
left of center, off of the strip
in the outskirts, in the fringes,
in the corner, out of the grip"



Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi, Sydney, November 2009.

Wednesday, 29 April 2020

COVID-19 - We're All In This Together

As we are all in this together, we are reminded of the simple things that make life beautiful, helping a neighbour, embracing our community, putting other’s needs before our own.

The only things that matter ultimately are good health and the closeness of loved ones! The wisdom of ages, and now we know it! 
We humans are a resilient bunch and throughout history have survived war, famine, epidemics, trauma and tragedy of all sorts. If there are takeaway lessons from this challenge they are that disease knows no international boundaries, love is stronger than fear, a “we and not just me” attitude serves everyone, and we need each other to survive. 
Let this be a first step to the end of discrimination and a better world full of kindness.

Finally now the Earth heals herself as pollution lessens; birds tweet to their heart’s content in a newly clear blue sky, and leopards, deer and even elephants reclaim their land as we stay locked away.
"None of us, including me, ever do great things. But we can all do small things, with great love, and together we can do something wonderful.
~~ Mother Teresa
 
When I was in Norway in 2010, out walking one day we came across this window, it made me smile.


Tuesday, 3 March 2020

Writing from the Heart

The easiest way to write from the heart is when you’re having a day or period of time when you are full of emotion.
Also writing from the heart requires you to write about something you’re passionate about.
Your heart can’t speak its truth if you only want to be and appear strong and look good and shiny.
The reason is because so much of the world is based on hype and things that are not real. When you are vulnerable, you naturally write from the heart.
Being vulnerable in writing and in life is not very common. People listen when you’re vulnerable, and you speak what you believe to be the truth. Vulnerability can create immense power, and it’s that power that you can use to change your world.

“Don’t write what you know—what you know may bore you, and thus bore your readers. Write about what interests you—and interests you deeply—and your readers will catch fire at your words.” 
~~
  Valerie Sherwood  

Taken at Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi, Sydney Oct 2019. The sculpture is called Floating, Grounded Figure by Greg Johns.
 

Friday, 3 January 2020

One Little Word - 2020

Since 2009 I have been choosing a single word to focus on over the course of the next 12 months.

Ali Edwards initiated this movement called "One Little Word".

It's a powerful way to set an intention for the year ahead.

This year my word will be "HEART".




Saturday, 16 November 2019

See Our Way Forward

At certain times in our lives it is difficult to see our way forward.

Finding the way of controlling the stories we tell ourselves and which ones we choose to believe can be daunting.

The place of our power, the process of our power is watching the thoughts that we think, the stories we tell ourselves about ourselves, understanding that even though we didn't put those stories there, we have the power to change them.

Telling new stories is the key to recovery - we can disrupt negative thoughts.  We never have to go back to that negative space once we have a framework for understanding where to go with our suffering, how to transform it into something useful.

When we face our fears or at least define our fears, we can come up with an action plan to combat them.

There is a wisdom that comes from the experience of working through our fears.

Wisdom is always the by-product of facing our fears.

“In the beginning I was so young and such a stranger to myself I hardly existed. I had to go out into the world and see it and hear it and react to it, before I knew at all who I was, what I was, what I wanted to be.”
Mary Oliver, Upstream: Selected Essays


This sculpture by Kiochi Ishino and is called "In The Grey of Daybreak" - taken at Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi, Sydney, Australia in November 2019. 
The statement says "This sculpture depicts the dawning era of a new beginning in Japanese culture, the Reiwa era.