Fact or opinion? A question for handling criticism

‘Sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me.’ I don’t know who first said this, but I can’t understand why it became so popular. Because it’s quite simply wrong. I would re-render it as: ‘Sticks and stones may break my bones, but there’s nothing like words to bring you down.’Continue reading “Fact or opinion? A question for handling criticism”

Life is not a board game: Don’t ask me what’s next, ask me what’s now!

To the mum whose little ones aren’t speaking in sentences by the time they are six months…
To the teens who go through puberty later…

To the 18-year-old who didn’t get the results you wanted…

To the university graduate who didn’t get your dream job…

To the young adults whose friends are all getting married…

To the couples who haven’t got engaged yet…

To the marrieds who don’t want to/can’t have children right now …

Life is not a board game. Please don’t panic!

Back to school 2020/2021: burst bubbles and brave steps.

When all this is over, you will tell your children how brave you have been…

When weariness weighs you down, who holds you up?

Once upon a time there was a battle. A fight which felt impossible to win. The leader of one side was known for his great exploits. His courage. His bravery. His boldness. His unwavering confidence in his God. But in this particular story, he is vulnerable, he is weary, and he is tired. A groupContinue reading “When weariness weighs you down, who holds you up?”

Dealing with disappointment: When things don’t turn out as you hoped.

Sometimes things just don’t end up the way we want them to. When expectations are not met, disappointment rears its ugly head. When our hopes and dreams are out of line with reality, we are forced to admit we didn’t get something we wanted. So many of us are experiencing disappointment at the moment. 🌱DisappointmentContinue reading “Dealing with disappointment: When things don’t turn out as you hoped.”

Making room when you can’t share space: showing hospitality in a pandemic

How do you do hospitality with 2m between you? How do you make room when you can’t share your space? How can you be social when you have to social distance?

We don’t see eye to eye, and that’s why I need you: the benefits of conflict in relationships

People who really love you tell you the truth. They don’t butter you up, fan your ego, or fuel your delusions. They encourage you when you need it, but they aren’t afraid to warn you when your attitudes, words or actions warrant it.

🎶 ‘This is me’ – A loyalist is who I’m meant to be 🎶

Just for today, why don’t you have a ‘this is me’ day? A day where you celebrate rather than criticise.