“And I asked myself about the present: how wide it was, how deep it was, how much was mine to keep.” Kurt Vonnegut, Slaughterhouse-Five
I was at work. My husband texted. I’m so glad I took a look. He wrote of the serious debate he was having over breakfast with a very welcome visitor. They discussed the possible main and sub-plot themes of Paw Patrol’s transition from small to large screen, with the guest demonstrating, apparently, a remarkable and… Read More No job too big . . .
“People are just as wonderful as sunsets if you let them be. When I look at a sunset, I don’t find myself saying, “Soften the orange a bit on the right hand corner.” I don’t try to control a sunset. I watch with awe as it unfolds.” Carl R Rogers
A few weeks ago my daughter was watching her son, sitting in his pyjamas, eating cheesy/maizey/puff/baby crisp things (copyright preventing me from naming the brand). It was a moment, and you had to be there. “He’s living his best life mum” she said. That sentiment has stayed with me ever since. Living your best life.… Read More Lesson in living . . .
“Never forget what you are, for surely the world will not. Make it your strength. Then it can never be your weakness. Armour yourself in it, and it will never be used to hurt you.” George R R Martin, A Game of Thrones
Nick Watkins, co-founder of The Mighty Society’s Pea Mylk tells a lovely tale of how he and his brother turned the tables on a poor customer experience with some great customer service of their own. After a problem with a courier company for despatch of sample cases of their new product, the Messrs Watkins turned to an… Read More Mighty society indeed …
“I have no time for the endless nostalgia: ‘Oh gosh I used to …’ Life is too short; I don’t have any time for sitting and saying I miss things. What’s the point? Go and do something else.” Kate Adie
In 2018, Greek pilot Vasileios Vasileiou survived a Taliban attack on the Kabul hotel he was staying in. 40 people lost their lives. His experience, understandably, has shaped his outlook on life: “I have always been a positive person, but nowadays I am even more so. I enjoy every single moment of life and feel… Read More Sardines, Ouzo and freedom . . .
I read that the Tibetans have 18,000 different words for emotions. If we took a leaf out of their book – and what a huge dictionary that must be – might we just be able to now have that difficult conversation we’ve been putting off? 18,000 words suggest we could give it a try.
116-year-old Japanese woman, Kane Tanaka, recently received the Guinness World Record for the oldest living person. Asked what part of her life she’d enjoyed most, Tanaka said: “This right now.”