“Sometimes I feel like a motherless child. Sometimes I feel like a motherless child. Sometimes I feel like a motherless child. A long way from home, a long way from home.” Traditional Negro spiritual, 1870 The distressing footage filmed on a phone camera was watched across the world. We literally saw the life drain from…Continue reading “Please, Please, Please…”
“We are asleep with compasses in our hands.” – W.S. Merwin – Overnight my world became more silent. The ceasing of so much noise and activity was not planned or expected. It just happens when a pandemic comes calling. Not in a million light years would I have predicted this or seen it coming.…Continue reading The Compass in our Hand
… you can say “it’s a hoax” and “it will go away”, but like world leaders have found out, this was not the case for COVID-19. A crisis does not go away because some demagogue wishes it so. A crisis like a pandemic knocks at the door, then bashes it in and unleashes hell. COVID-19…Continue reading When Global Crisis Comes Knocking at our Door …
“The weak can never forgive…” – I don’t know who said this, but it’s BOLLOCKS! “You just need to forgive and move on!” How many times have we heard this? How many times have we said it? Forgiveness: one of the most central virtues of human existence. Religion, in all its different shapes and sizes,…Continue reading Weaponising Forgiveness
“Today, in our “shut up, get over it, and move on” mentality, our society misses so much, it’s no wonder we are a generation that longs to tell our stories.” – Elisabeth Kübler-Ross, On Grief and Grieving – It was a Sunday morning in 1997. The 31st of August, to be exact. I…Continue reading Grief Needs No Justification
“This above all: to thine own self be true, And it must follow, as the night the day, Thou canst not then be false to any man …” -Polonius to Laertes (Hamlet, Act 1, Scene 3) ‘Just be yourself’ – One of the most confusing things we tell ourselves and each other! In my…Continue reading ‘Just Be Yourself’: It’s Bloody Annoying!
Words seem inadequate to begin to describe the carnage and devastation that the bushfires in Australia have created (and continue to create). So far, 23 people have lost their lives, over 500 million animals have been killed, 1,300 homes are lost, and over 12 million acres of the land has gone up in smoke. We…Continue reading The Unseen Crisis
To perceive Christmas through its wrappings becomes more difficult with every year. – E.B. White – Christmas! It’s here again. I am quite convinced that 365 days a year speed up the older you get, and here we are in another Jingle Bell Season. I wonder what Christmas means to you? Amidst all the festive…Continue reading What is your Christmas Story?
“There are, of course, many forms of memory, some of which are constructive, some of which are destructive and some of which are redemptive.” -Fr. Michael Lapsley (The Healing of Memories: An Interview) Dear Reader – if you have not already done so, please read Part 1 of this BLOG post in order to understand…Continue reading Life Atlas Therapy and the Reclaiming of Precious Memories (Part 2)
“Neither the life of an individual nor the history of a society can be understood without understanding both.” (C. Wright Mills, The Sociological Imagination) The many ideas and methodologies that comprise Narrative Therapy have me regularly intrigued. I witness their effects as I work with individuals and groups. Perhaps one of the most noticeable reactions…Continue reading Life Atlas Therapy … and why You may find it Helpful (Part 1)