It was Twenty Years Ago Today …

My business started, with me standing at Oxenholme train station, waiting for the train to London Euston. I was full of anticipation, enthusiasm and a bit of nerves. I thought there were strong possibilities and I wanted to explore them. Since that successful first job, I’ve delivered training throughout the UK & Ireland in person… Continue reading It was Twenty Years Ago Today …

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

Small Things that Brighten our Day

What brightens up your day? For me, it’s the small things that make a huge difference. Saying or hearing the words ‘thank you’. A smile. Laughter. Someone giving their time, because they choose to. Our town has had its postboxes decorated for Easter. A small gesture, purely to give pleasure to others. It is great… Continue reading Small Things that Brighten our Day

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

Dialogue

This week I’ve had some conversations about conversations; how they can sometimes turn into an emotional, adversarial debate. The apparent certainty of our views, defending them, attacking others’ views and pursuing our one and only solution rarely resolves any conflict. Using dialogue rather than debate can be a more effective approach. It is possible to… Continue reading Dialogue

Home from Home on Burns Night

Again rejoicing Nature seesHer robe assume its vernal huesHer leafy locks wave in the breezeAll freshly steep’d in morning dews (Robert Burns – Composed In Spring) I am a proud Scouser. I am also proud to call Scotland our home for the past twelve years, so tonight we will be raising a tot of whisky… Continue reading Home from Home on Burns Night

Different Perspectives

You get some cracking conversations before the start of a virtual session… Him: ‘Bet you can’t wait to do some ‘proper’ training again.’ Me: ‘Well, I’d like to think I’m still doing proper training.’ I knew what he meant. He was surprised that I’ve enjoyed running virtual training sessions for seven years, rather than doing… Continue reading Different Perspectives

Nature’s Gifts

Since leaving London 19 years ago, I have become more interested in the nature around me. I have learned to appreciate nature’s gifts of stillness, peace and quiet, as well as beaches, mountains, lochs and forests. The weather has more significance and I increasingly find myself checking where my food comes from. In the past… Continue reading Nature’s Gifts

World Refugee Day, 20th June

World Refugee Day is designated to raise awareness and build empathy towards those forced to flee their homes. In previous roles, I have heard first-hand accounts of the planning skills, resilience and bravery required to flee your home and start a new life in a new country. I have also heard the frustration of those… Continue reading World Refugee Day, 20th June

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