This is my inheritance. Many years ago, I undertook some research on my family history. As I gathered stories of fortune and poverty, successes and failures, personal determination and resignation, love and loss across 4 generations, I was looking at the ties that bind and the destruction of connection and belonging. I saw a family... Continue Reading →
RonovanWrites Haiku Challenge 192 with prompt words - slim, chance a chance encounter a glance across time and space, comes a fine future. ~ FlorenceT © 2018 FlorenceT Copyright reserved. The author asserts her moral and legal rights over this work.
Go to a quiet place, let the words rain on you, contemplate... Man down Let it be known: no man is entirely alone No man is a man all through. I’ve seen you. Shivering. Fleeting weakness. Cold rain scuffing its feet on the beaches. Young human. You. All feeling, flesh. Brine eyes. Man, but... Continue Reading →
Snake. I sense snake, singular. I anticipate finding it behind the curtains or the bed. For the record, I don’t have a snake phobia. Yet lately I have been expecting its presence, a premonition without the fear, anticipating being taken aback by its presence and then … nothing. It feels okay. Noticing this anticipation is... Continue Reading →
RonovanWrites Haiku Challenge 191 with prompt words - sneak, night Which creature does this? 🙂 sneaking through the gloom shuffles of determined feet night cloaks the earnest. ~ FlorenceT © 2018 FlorenceT Copyright reserved. The author asserts her moral and legal rights over this work.
I have had this on my wall for as long as I can remember, and I didn't think to share it?! You may have seen it, know it... and it is worth contemplating, again. This, is the "Holstee Manifesto". Namaste ~ FlorenceT © 2018 FlorenceT Copyright reserved. The author asserts her moral... Continue Reading →
Check out my photography on Instagram. As you can see, I have a tab on this blog which says "Photography" and it has not been updated since 2016. The reason? Instagram, of course. So head on over there to see what pics I have been snapping. ~ FlorenceT © 2018 FlorenceT Copyright reserved.... Continue Reading →
RonovanWrites Haiku Challenge 190 with prompt words - tart, sweet I got into a conversation with a friend about Zen and death, which through a circuitous route led to writing haiku. So here's my poem on death. Tart fruit, sweet juices Life passing, bright sunsets Endings arriving. ~ FlorenceT © 2018 FlorenceT Copyright... Continue Reading →
After a "busy" time, today I had time to chill. I have written "busy", not busy, because most associate busy with frenetic activities and stress of the harmful kind, usually delivered with a roll of the eyes and perhaps a sigh. Well, not so in my case. My "busy" days in the past 4 weeks... Continue Reading →
RonovanWrites Haiku Challenge 189 with prompt words - zen, noise The word "Zen" is derived from the Sanskrit word "dhyana" which means "meditation". Its root meaning is "to see, to observe, to look". As I understand it, Zen involves seeing the true nature of things, not illusion. A state of being integrated in... Continue Reading →
And he never did, even after the many plans that we made; fantasies I now know.
The meeting at the bar in the hotel where I would wait with the excitement of young lovers, restrained familiarity. The coming upon each other on our favourite beach, where he, like me, would love to sit and listen to the waves in. The anticipation of the airport first encounter when he would exit the arrivarolling l hall and into my arms, or more I into his.
There will be no sitting on the deck of our beach home, at peace in each other’s company. No back rubs in the afternoon after a weary day of writing. Those meals we had savoured in our minds, the diverse flavours which our adventurous selves had vowed to experiment. Those carefree mornings, though few but complete with sensuous lovemaking and a bagel and coffee to follow.
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Well, I didn’t see this coming. Not so soon anyway. Another change. Another transition. But just another day in life’s journey. I am both glad and sad… perhaps sad is too dramatic. It is certainly poignant. And not for the usual reasons. It is always a thrill to see him exceed my expectations; the determination... Continue Reading →
RonovanWrites Haiku Challenge 188 with prompt words - quick, slip As the slip glides down, Blood quickens, his eyes entranced A death long coming. ~ FlorenceT © 2018 FlorenceT Copyright reserved. The author asserts her moral and legal rights over this work.
I have a particular interest in self-awareness, so reading this book is for pleasure and professional purpose.
Title: Insight: The Power of Self-Awareness in a Self-Deluded World
Author: Tasha Eurich
Genre: Non-fiction, Psychology, Self-help
What’s it about?
Author, Tasha Eurich, begins with a lament on the self-delusion of today’s people, identifying blindspots to how well we know ourselves.
An organizational psychologist by profession, Eurich claims self-awareness is THE meta-skill of the 21st century for success. In a world of operating in the shallows and privileging opinions of the external world, self-awareness separates the achievers and mediocrity. She referred to studies which showed self-awareness to be lacking despite claims by many leaders to the contrary. The “cult of self”, Eurich states, prevents us from approaching with humility and self-acceptance to truly seeing ourselves.
Insight expounds what insight is, referring to internal self-awareness
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