We all know what happens to a machine when you forget to refill the fuel tank or to a smartphone if you forget to recharge the battery: it stops working.
Yet how many of us insist on pushing on when the tank is empty or the batteries are flat? You know what I mean. You get up each day and just keep going despite the fact that you come home exhausted at the end of the day. And how well do you relate to those you claim you love when you are in that state? Continue reading “Running on empty”
This week I spotted a book on a friend’s bookshelf, not one of those online bookshelves like on GoodReads but one with actual books on it. The book was: Crones don’t whineby Jean Shinoda Bolen.
Reading the book reminded me of the first time I had come across the term ‘crone’. It was when I was doing some Celtic Studies and learnt about the three faces of the feminine: the maiden, the mother and the crone.Those three faces also reflect the three obvious phases of growth: youth, maturity and old age. Continue reading “The power of words”
The Good Life Project, presented by Jonathan Fields, provides insight into how other people live their lives. The weekly videos are always interesting and offer perspectives you may not have considered. I enjoy them.
For those of us living in Southern Australia, the traditional biblical picture of hell has been a living reality this last week.
We have endured five days straight of 42 degrees C plus ( that’s around 108 F plus for those living in the non-metric world) daytime temperatures, fanned by hot northerly winds, and very warm nights. Continue reading “Hell – hot or cold?”
Self-honesty requires simply observing the mind, and the behaviour that flows from it, as it gestures itself out to the world. We think we can keep what’s in the mind secret, but if you observe what you do (or don’t) say or do, you’ll start to see that often the only person not aware of what you’re thinking is you. The body gives it away every time. We’ve all heard the one about actions speaking louder than words. Unfortunately, it’s true. Continue reading “Deep self-honesty”
The idea for this week’s post comes from Bob Baker, who is the guru of guerrilla marketing for authors and book publishers, so you can probably guess why I know about him.
Bob suggests we limit ourselves to three big goals for the year, instead of overwhelming ourselves with a long list of resolutions as we embark on the new year.
He suggests that once we have our three goals, we can draw up a plan of action, using the rule of three, to break down what needs to be done to achieve those goals into manageable steps. What the project management people call ‘chunking’. Yes, I do project management in other parts of my life – and it comes in handy when you’re writing and publishing your own books. Continue reading “The rule of three”
We’ve reached that moment for enjoying the dying days of 2013. This time last year we were pondering the significance of the Mayan calendar completing a full cycle as we ended 2012 on the Gregorian calendar. It was an ending of sorts but it was not the end.
What is Christmas really about? Is it about remembering the birth of a child some two thousand years ago? Or is it about something else?
For me, Christmas gives us a moment to reflect on who we are, what we’re doing and where we’re going. Christmas gives a pause in which to remember that we all belong to the one family, and an opportunity to reach out to each other in love.
Yes, the life of Jesus was inspiring. A lot of words have been written about it.
I invite you to take a moment this Christmas to reflect on your life, and give yourself the gift of recognising the inspiration that you are.