Choosing the long way round


Picking up the heavy bag of alpaca feed, I had a choice. Climb straight up the steep field and over the fence, or take the track that traversed the hillside. I’m glad I chose the track. It gave me time to unwind from the pace of the day. Time to notice what was going on … Read more

Catching the light


At this time of year,it matters where you stand. Choose well. At this time of day,it matters what direction you face. Choose with care. At this moment in time,there are paths before you. Choose with intention.

Choosing how to live this day


May I live this day Compassionate of heart,Clear in word,Gracious in awareness,Courageous in thought,Generous in love. + John O’Donohue, excerpt from For Matins, in Benedictus: A Book of Blessings The choices we make define us. Let’s choose well for the days ahead.

The light that our ruin lets in


Dare we stand in the cracks, the broken places that our reactions have created? Do we choose to walk away, or kneel? Here, faced with the choices, who will we choose: the hero or ourselves? THE LIGHT THAT OUR RUIN LETS IN There is the falling. The breaking.The tearing open. The pulled apart.The head buried … Read more

Being in this moment of time


While today marks the end of an era, it is also a day like all others. Where we make a multitude of small choices that tilt our lives in one direction or another. And as I write, I am looking at John O’Donohue’s words from his blessing for Matins May I live this day Compassionate … Read more

On the cost of what matters most


Recently I joined a webinar with Michael Bungay Stanier (MBS to his friends) on the one question that unlocks everything. What was it? “If I say YES to this, what must I say NO to?” MBS has an extraordinary skill in capturing crucial ideas so simply that you can’t ignore them. This phrase has deeply … Read more

The challenge of turning to what matters


We often say we want to focus on what matters, to make choices that reflect what is important to us. But it’s tough. The choices are challenging, and it’s not just about giving up what we don’t like or find tedious. It’s choosing between the good. The variety of activities that reflect who we aspire … Read more

Being here now – which way shall we face?


Being here now in this place, at this time, we have choices. We can look behind and try to find our way back. Or we can find comfort in the now. And block out the consequences of what we do or say because it’s not our responsibility. Or we can face the uncertainty of the … Read more

A long time in coming


I’m reading Oliver Burkeman’s outstanding book 4000 Weeks: Time and How to Use It. It’s a long time in coming – both in terms of his journey to writing it and my waiting for the right time to sit with its pages. And I’m not disappointed. It is beautifully written and full of both resonance … Read more