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On Wisdom.

“…remember what peace there is in silence. As far as possible without surrender Be on good terms with all persons. Speak your truth quietly and clearly, and listen to others. Even the dull and ignorant – they too have their story. Avoid loud and aggressive persons – they are vexations to the spirit. If you […]

On Attitude …continued.

Yes, there’s more to come – lessons I’ve learnt at the School of Life – not to say I live by them, but I try to: Treat everyone with whom you come into contact as the most interesting person you have ever met. You elicit the response you get. We become what we think about. […]

On Attitude. . .

I don’t want to sound preachy, but I’ve thought long and hard and I do believe that: It’s your attitude towards life which will determine life’s attitude towards you. Despite many people’s belief to the contrary, life plays no favourites. You control your attitude. If you are negative it is because you have decided to […]

Crossing over…

We must travel this journey alone into the fathomless unknown. But, “What is it to cease breathing but to free the breath from its restless tides, that it may rise and expand and seek God, unencumbered?” Kahlil Gibran. Do not be afraid.

Body language

In childhood we communicate by screaming, sticking fingers into eyes, giggling and pulling hair. Our parents communicate with us by hugging, frowning, shaking their heads at us or sending us to bed without supper. In adulthood too we can communicate to a certain extent without language by a raised brow, a curled lip, a shoulder […]

‘Falling in love…’

‘Falling in love’ and ‘Head over heels in love’. . . What ridiculous descriptions for the feeling of love! The word ‘falling’ suggests dropping, lack of control, injury. “Head over heels’ evokes images of disorientation. I suggest that these colloquial usages would be more accurately descriptive if stated as: ‘Falling in cathexis and ‘head over […]

What nonesense, child…!

What eight or nine year old child can’t wait for bed-time? I couldn’t. The eldest of eight children, my life was always crammed with activities and noise. Until I tucked my blanket around my skinny body at bed-time and closed my eyes. Oh, and then, the stories I told myself! I was transported to international […]

You’re so write, Mr Orwell. . .

In the middle of a sleepless night, it occurred to me that the urge to write, write, write with which I am plagued, is egotism. Lo and behold, I very shortly afterwards came across a comment by the legendary George Orwell… “Why I write . . . sheer egotism. Desire to seem clever, to be […]

So you think you can write

Hi Folks, I wonder how many of you can string words together so that a vivid, compelling picture is painted in the imagination of the reader? And if you can I wonder what good it will do you? People in general don’t seem to read the volumes of books they used to twenty years ago. […]