What I Am Afraid Of

I listened to Chase Jarvis interview Lewis Howes this week, where he recommends writing a list of your fears as a way to analyse – and potentially overcome – them. I decided to give it a go … My list included everything from my fears of drowning and dancing in public (in private is a different matter…), through to how …

The Paradox of Love

I’m not sure there are ever any absolutes in life – least of all when it comes to Love – but if anyone can help with this sort of problem, then it is the deeply thoughtful Maria Popova and her fantastic Brain Pickings website … A social media link yesterday led me to a deep dive into some of her …

Confidence Is A Skill

Confidence … something that many of us feel we could do with more of. I’m not talking about brashness here – I’m not talking about being loud and ‘confident’ in social situations. I’m not talking about always getting your own way because you express your views eloquently and ‘confidently’. I’m talking about the more important type of confidence – the …

“Doing Good Better” (Book Review)

“When it comes to helping others, being unreflective often means being ineffective.” Lots of us want to make a difference. Perhaps you buy Fairtrade coffee, or cycle to work when you can. But how many of us really know how much that helps? Is there a danger that despite our best intentions, we might even be making things worse? In …

My Best Reads of 2018

I read 73 books in 2018, which is a record for me. In no particular order, my top ten is: “Tao Te Ching” by Lao Tzu and Ursula Le Guin Ursula Le Guin is one of my absolute favourite writers, and she died in January 2018, so reading her interpretation of this classic made perfect sense to me. It’s important …