Dilemmas, and that one tidy solution

Once it’s clear that you face a dilemma, rather than merely a problem, you’ve got to stop hoping for a comfortable solution. A new piece of information might land that simplifies things. Maybe an overlooked route will open up that changes things. Scrutiny of the variables could tip the scales convincingly. If you feel stuck with the dilemma after lots of careful thought though, you … Continue reading Dilemmas, and that one tidy solution

Perhaps my favourite gift – books

I received the book ‘Tribe of Mentors’ as a gift yesterday, which I’m already enjoying learning from and reflecting on. Bitesize lessons that can be enjoyed over breakfast, to carry the thinking forward through the day. Books are super gifts for me. Some challenge my thinking, others clarify it, some give nuance that I hadn’t considered. Even texts I don’t wholly agree with give me … Continue reading Perhaps my favourite gift – books

Nothing beats kindness, said the horse

A friend sent me the book ‘The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse’ – I really appreciated the gesture. “Nothing beats kindness,” said the horse. “It sits quietly beyond all things.” It doesn’t matter what you’re doing, it can be approached with kindness and made the better for it. Even when someone falls short – especially when someone falls short. Being kind isn’t … Continue reading Nothing beats kindness, said the horse

Keep going and create space

“Sometimes the hardest thing to do is simply making the decision to keep going. Sometimes the hardest thing to do is simply making the decision to continue to breathe, continue to move, continue to function, continue to operate.” Not because something better is definitely coming, but because it creates the space for something better to arrive. Kindly, keep going. ps. Quote from ‘You Are Awesome’ … Continue reading Keep going and create space

The choice to be happy

In lots of places I read about how we can choose to be happy. My experience, confirmed by therapists, is that it’s not so simple. What we can do daily though, is make choices that lead to a more content state. We can disengage from unhelpful thinking. Acknowledge patterns and move toward better ones. Recognise possibility and seize opportunity. For those who’ve long been in … Continue reading The choice to be happy