Four Seasons in One Day

A great song by Neil Finn and often a good description of the weather up here in the Highlands. Today saw a damp, cold, drizzly start, followed by sunshine, cloud, sunshine and a bit of snow up on the Cairngorm peaks. Like the weather, life seems like four seasons in one day, too. Each week… Continue reading Four Seasons in One Day

The Circle of Life

With all the changes of the past year, and the agility we’ve needed to keep things moving forward, it is good to have some familiarity in our lives. This weekend has seen familiarity in Eurovision (bravo, Italy!), the end of the football season and, as seen this morning, the week-old cygnets on the river. Every… Continue reading The Circle of Life

Peace at Lochan Uaine

We all like a bit of peace, don’t we? Peace comes in different ways to us; a long stay in bed, a spot of quiet reflection, immersing ourselves in music, being in a noisy crowd. It’s often a state of mind we can access anywhere, anytime we choose. Our peace today was a walk in… Continue reading Peace at Lochan Uaine

Tipping Buckets and Perspectives

This week brought inspiration, beyond the fine people I worked with. I read an essay by Paul Farley about the Tipping Buckets. Officially the Piazza Fountain, they were a regular stop on me and my Dad’s Sunday morning walks around Liverpool City Centre as a child. I was fascinated by the buckets: tipping, moving, emptying… Continue reading Tipping Buckets and Perspectives

Weathered Resilience

At the end of a busy, fulfilling week, it’s great to recharge the batteries in nature. Walking around Glen Feshie, we revisited the Frank Bruce Sculpture Trail, where each piece is intended to withstand the Highland climate without cosmetic alterations, until it breaks and dissolves into the soil where it stands. Like so many people… Continue reading Weathered Resilience

Gratitude

There’s an old Sufi story about the philosopher who is asked, ‘Why are you always so happy?’ He replied, ‘I wake up every morning with a choice – do I feel sad, or do I feel blessed? I choose to feel blessed.’ Recently, I’ve had conversations with people who keep talking about what they’re missing… Continue reading Gratitude

My Unexpected Anniversary

It was one year ago tomorrow …….. I was on a slow-moving delayed train from Preston to Manchester Airport for my usual evening flight home, wondering if I’d make it. I did, and haven’t been on any transport since. In this past year, I’ve had a bit of a reset. More time with my loved… Continue reading My Unexpected Anniversary

Space is Gonna Do Me Good

Not only is this a great song by Frank Black, it’s also a good mindset to have. After two hectic weeks (thanks everybody!) it’s great to have the space to take a good long walk on the beach. It’s good to create some space in our busy working lives too; that time in between meetings… Continue reading Space is Gonna Do Me Good

Frasier’s Back – and I Know how he Feels!

Great news that Frasier is returning, but what’s that got to do with learning? Well…. Last week I ran six sessions to over 100 people. Only around 10% used their cameras at any point. I had galleries full of black squares and initials, which made me feel like a radio DJ. I nicely gave the… Continue reading Frasier’s Back – and I Know how he Feels!