Lessons from photography

All that happens to us, including our humiliations, our misfortunes, our embarrassment, all is given to us as raw material, as clay so that we may shape our art. Jorge Luis Borges It is with my camera that I see and capture the world. With my camera I beat time, freeze the present, preserve theContinue reading “Lessons from photography”

Motivation

I am goal orientated. I love to stand at the bottom of the mountain, look up and start to climb. It is hard to get going and I might procrastinate for weeks or even months until I take the first step, knowing that when I do so I won’t stop until I am done. AndContinue reading “Motivation”

Catching curve balls

Life has a funny way of throwing curve balls at you when you are sitting in the outfield making daisy chains. Life was looking up here in Singapore. More and more people were vaccinated, proudly clutching their upper arms and smiling through the ‘slight headache’ knowing they are doing their part to get out ofContinue reading “Catching curve balls”

Slaying the shame

I took a risk. I have always wanted an exhibition of my photography and to see my photos line a wall would make public the secret dream. But I was scared to put myself ‘out there’ into the world and ask to be seen. Recently I took a huge scary risk and tossed my dreamContinue reading “Slaying the shame”

What makes you uncomfortable?

Dr Susan David says that “Discomfort is the price of admission to a meaningful life.” She speaks and writes about the dangers of ‘toxic positivity and says that this tendency to avoid hard feelings and difficult conversations can only lead to trouble in the long run. She is not telling us to be indulgent andContinue reading “What makes you uncomfortable?”

Birthdays

A friend of mine at work said she was dreading her birthday. Why? I asked. Well, I just don’t want to get older, she sighed. It is better than the alternative! I retorted. Yesterday was my birthday and I wanted to share my thoughts on birthdays: why they are important, why I feel they deserveContinue reading “Birthdays”

A beautiful paradox

Julia Samuels, the renown British Psychotherapist, expert on grief and bereavement and author of the wonderful, This too Shall Pass, has coined a phrase that really speaks to me at this time. She speaks of a “Fertile Void.”  We tend to see situations as black or white, this or that, either or. And it isContinue reading “A beautiful paradox”

Afresh, Afresh

I went to a lovely Yin class recently and the theme of the meditation was spring, renewal and decluttering the mind. It got me thinking about this poem by Philip Larkin. You can feel his jealousy as the trees are permitted to start again, get a second chance, while we all have to age. AndContinue reading “Afresh, Afresh”

A Gift.

A poem can teach us a lesson, like a wise sage calling to us from the past. In this poem we are being asked to consider, with gratitude, the gifts of experiencing everything, the sorrows, the pain, the joy, the delights. In short, we cannot experience anything if we don’t experience everything. So, let thatContinue reading “A Gift.”