Others

What is it that causes some people to have issues with ‘others’? A different gender, skin colour, language, accent, ethnicity can cause some to display a strange mix of fear, insecurity and hostility. Today, as we walked the dogs around Culloden Battlefield, we encountered people from all over the world, all with a common interest… Continue reading Others

Peace

A lovely, peaceful walk on the beautiful Moray Coast today. On the beach, you can see the sea defences. A reminder of a time when the peace we often take for granted needed to be defended. Peace can be hard work. Being comfortable in your true self, recognising the rights of self and ‘others’, tolerating… Continue reading Peace

Contrast

Over the past few weeks, I’ve noticed people appearing happier with a return to their workplaces. They tell me they are enjoying the contrast between their time at home and workplace. Home working can save time and money; it can bring relative solitude. The workplace offers face to face interaction with colleagues, a higher level… Continue reading Contrast

Into the Light

Last week it was dark and cold. All day, every day. I had a packed week of virtuals, with the curtains closed and the big light on at all times. Friday was my first non-delivery day in weeks. We set our intention to seize the opportunity and spend a day in nature. The sun came… Continue reading Into the Light

Discovery

No-one was there. That’s how we sometimes like it. We made a point of stopping at the kind of place people pass while they’re busy rushing from A to B. There was ‘nothing’ there. Except overgrown bushes, a variety of fungi, a couple of weathered picnic tables and midge. Hundreds of midge, looking for the… Continue reading Discovery

Smaller World

My world feels physically smaller, yet bigger, these days. I’m no longer an expert in transport timetables, hotel and sandwich chains. That knowledge is now applied to sourcing the best independent locally sourced food. Work is all over the world, even though I run everything from our dining room table. Despite hardly travelling and meeting… Continue reading Smaller World

Puzzles, Practice and Solutions

Recently, we came across a Monkey Puzzle tree. Native to Chile and Argentina, its name was first coined in 1850 by Charles Austin, who said that climbing its branches would be a puzzle, even for a monkey. Whenever I see a puzzle, my Instinct is to find a way of working it out. In a… Continue reading Puzzles, Practice and Solutions

It Gets Late Early

It gets late early was a phrase I first heard in Cumbria. It is even more applicable up here in the Highlands. I was reminded of this yesterday, when, for the first time in months, I had to switch on the lights for my evening virtual session. My American participants were amused by this happening… Continue reading It Gets Late Early

Direction

This is a time of year when, more than ever, many of us are thinking about our direction. Whether it is our job, business, business development, or life in general, things are getting busier. We sometimes find ourselves wondering which way to go, when there are opportunities all around us. Decisions are like bridges. We… Continue reading Direction

Breathing Space

One of the many things I’ve learned in the past 18 months is that you don’t have to be travelling all the time to be, and feel, busy. Working from home, there are thankfully many clients to serve and even more events to deliver. My virtual work tends to be in smaller chunks, with a… Continue reading Breathing Space