Why is it that whenever we compliment ourselves on some aspect of parenting that is going well, the very next minute/hour/day it all goes to hell? Is the universe shouting at us that we fell off Humble Hill and time to get back on? A similar rule seems to apply whenever you try to define […]
Sometimes I think there is no greater accomplishment than cooking dinner for your family. That that is the pinnacle of achievement. Sure, performing hand surgery or investigating the speed of light, or devising new astounding apps or making presentations to roomfuls of CEOs or what you have is pretty impressive, but really where it’s at […]
If we want to create a kinder society, we ourselves must act with kindness and respect. A kinder society is not created with unkind words. Opportunities come in many disguises. If we don’t agree with someone’s opinions, can we use it as a way to listen and create what could be real dialogue? Find out […]
There were so many reasons to go… yet at the same time almost no reason at all save for a small voice whispering from somewhere inside my stomach. The voice was telling me to just go. And that was how all five of us found ourselves on a 22 hour plane ride to Indonesia and our house rented out for […]
I walked down to my favourite beach on a beautiful sunny winter day a few months ago when I ran across a woman I’d sometimes see at the beach. I guessed she was in her late fifties or early sixties, with long blonde hair and always tanned. I asked her what she was reading and she told […]
Do you ever have the feeling that children know it all already and that your whole adult life is spent trying to recall what you already knew as a child?
Where can you be a mentor to a child? Not a long-term mentor, but a-short-term-here-we-find-ourselves-together-for-ten-minutes-mentor. What can you show them – either by your actions or words – that can guide them, or teach them how to do something, or simply nourish them with kind words? What can you show them about the world of […]
I was on a Vipassana meditation course last month, sharing a bathroom with thirty strangers during ten days of silence. I noticed that sometimes the toilet roll would be changed when it was empty and sometimes it wouldn’t. There were no rules around this – it was simply some people were taking the initiative themselves […]