Appreciating the textures of life


Even at the tail end of winter, the morning light brings the textures of the valley to life. And if you look carefully, you can see the returning pairs of Canada Geese taking up residence, ready to start nesting. (Though the serenity of the picture belies the noise they make!) The natural world is never … Read more

Life is a perpetual becoming


“Life is not about control. It’s not about getting. It’s not about having. It’s not about knowing. It’s not even about being. Life is eternal, perpetual becoming, or it is nothing. Becoming is not a thing to be known, commanded, or controlled. It is a magnificent, mysterious odyssey to be experienced.” These are magnificent words … Read more

An everyday invitation to be-come


I appreciate hearing how these little daily thoughts land out in the big wide world. Yesterday, Phil Steer wrote: ‘Reading your words it occurred to me that “become” brings together both aspects: a living “in the now” with things as they are (“be”) and a call onwards to something more (“come”).’ I love how this captures … Read more

Becoming – a most beautiful word


I used to think that to ‘be’ was my goal, especially after encountering the phrase attributed to Mahatma Gandhi: ‘Be the change you wish to see in the world.’ Then I started writing. And that involves digging far deeper into meaning and belief. So drafting the third part of my book, Quiet Disruptors: Creating Change … Read more

Humanity is being bound up together


Ubantu: I am because you are The richness of other social traditions often shows up the superficial paucity of ours. And in the current climate, it is essential to remind ourselves that we are not separate entities. As the late Archbishop Desmond Tutu said: “My humanity is bound up in yours, for we can only … Read more

Only being seen in part


Being seen can feel uncomfortable, especially if we sense the other has some kind of performance metric in mind. Do I measure up? And we stand with the anxiety that only part of us will be seen. Is that my good side you can see? Yesterday, my friend Richard Merrick reminded me of the beautiful … Read more