praises & criticisms

“You look 30!” she said, and a certain gladness filled my heart. And almost instantaneously a denial made its way from my mind. But this time, it did not pass my lips. Instead I smiled and thanked her, for the kindness she’d shown and grateful for the uplifting moment. It is alright to receive praise, … Continue reading praises & criticisms

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Our darkness in light

How often have you stopped yourself from saying or doing something because you don’t want to seem like a fool or just plain “bad”? I have. And how often have we made a call that someone is “dumb” or “mean”? And then later hesitate before we speak or act to avoid being referred to as … Continue reading Our darkness in light

All is said… and done

When all is said and done I am only flying home. Like the young curlew flying Not knowing, north Assured only by collective memories Of a past not lived, Universal in nature, instinctive. Carried on the wings of others Gone before, in trust Of the flock marshalling its strength Never ceasing its formation, Forever holding, … Continue reading All is said… and done

Priority… me.

It’s a life journey, isn't it :-)? To learn to manage our priorities. In fact, to learn to determine what our priorities are. Is the spotless living room necessary? Yes, it is a preference, but necessary? At which point of ‘dirtiness’ does cleaning a living room become a priority and go on the list of … Continue reading Priority… me.

The door will open…

When one door closes, another opens… Or another five or ten open…but only when that one door closes. Sometimes we don’t know what that one door is. Sometimes we do know but do nothing about it. We do nothing about it because we need the promise of another door opening first. Sometimes we see so … Continue reading The door will open…

Roll up your sleeves

This singer-songwriter from Melbourne wrote a letter to herself.  I have included the lyrics - its interpretation is up to you. 🙂 Though Susan Sontag said, Real art has the capacity to make us nervous. By reducing the work of art to its content and then interpreting that, one tames the work of art. Interpretation … Continue reading Roll up your sleeves

As a new year begins…

This poem, by WB Yeats published in 1899, expresses a desire to demonstrate our love with material things, when all we could proffer to ones we love is our dreams. It speaks of love's vulnerability. How often unconsicously we trampled on dreams - when we smile vacantly at a young girl's declaration that she wants … Continue reading As a new year begins…

Love in practice

Love is undefinable. There may be words, strings of words for the wordsmiths among us, shapes and colours for the artists, to describe the expression or impression of love, yet its essence is mysterious and perhaps subjective. One of my favourite quotes of all time, which I have shared here before: “We don't see the … Continue reading Love in practice

The Journey to arrive

For each ending, a beginnning.  For each leaving, an arrival. This is an amazing poem by David Whyte titled 'The Journey' - do listen to the audio track of his reading.     Listen also to 'Everything is Waiting for You', 'All the True Vows' and especially for you, 'True Love'. I hope the beauty … Continue reading The Journey to arrive

Feeding is not nourishing…

  Busy-ness and stress are no strangers in my life. I am adept at managing it all. To replenish my energy, I meditated, slept the requisite 6 hours, ate nutritious food, made lists and check them off – everything to ensure daily life ticks over as it should. Well, I probably could have gotten more … Continue reading Feeding is not nourishing…

What’s your cover story?

self love

A cover story, have you got one? I bet you do. You know, the convenient story you tell so you do not get ‘into trouble’ with your partner, your parent, whomever you feel accountable to or at least obliged - the story or stories you tell to escape. Mea culpa, I have my share. The … Continue reading What’s your cover story?