Follow your dreams – You’re worth it

Are you a leader wondering if the vision you have for your life, your organization, and the larger purpose you want to serve, is ever going to materialize, or if it really matters? If the answer is “yes” then there may be a message for you from The Shawshank Redemption, a 1994 American drama film […]

Taking the plunge – Facing the fear.

Do you know that something in your life needs to change, but you either don’t know how to start or where to start , or you are too afraid of where starting may take you? In attempting an answer, I turn to David Whyte. This time from the opening stanza of his poem, Start Close […]

Creating the future you want

            “Your future is your property. Because, by definition, it hasn’t happened yet, it exists only in your mind. This means that you can choose to make it whatever you want. The act of making your future bigger than your past is the very act of growth itself: the bigger […]

Leadership inspiration from Searching for Sugarman – the hero lies in you

” A prophet is not without honour, except in his own country.” Searching for Sugarman, about the enigmatic  Mexican American musician, Rodriguez, is one of the most moving films I have seen in a long time. A hugely talented musician and songwriter, Rodriguez writes powerfully and poignantly about the pain of the archetypal everyman living […]

An ordinary life, with extraordinary moments.

What will be your extraordinary moment today? Walking up the steep hill close to my home, I snake-ease the muscles in my neck to relieve the tension that has been building all day. Just ahead of me, trudging up the hill, is a boy who is about nine-years-old. With his fawn-coloured curly hair, big ears […]

Are you tired of the hectic pace of your life?

In his book Stoep Zen,  Antony Osler writes much about the importance of being in the present moment. I love the following words: “If we pay attention and live from our belly – without the habitual veil of thinking that stands between us and our experience – then whatever we see, hear, touch or smell […]

You do not have to be good …

 How’s that for the first line of a poem? Probably not a line you would like to share, out of context, with your children or teenagers. But it’s a radical statement. Mary Oliver, the poet, isn’t exhorting us to be bad. She’s encouraging us to be authentic; to be self-accepting and forgiving; to believe that we […]