“We cannot live without meaning, that would preclude any sense of identity, any hope, any future.” – Carlina Rinaldi – She was the stuff of nightmares. The doll that was given to my daughter on her first birthday. The doll that became the focus of my child’s affection. Dragged through the dirt, chewed up by…Continue reading Ragged Dolls and Strong Stories
“God, it hurts to be human… Like we’re walking down a road of broken glass …” – Pink- The purpose of life has been the subject of many animated conversations I have had over the years. Contemplating our short-lived existence on this tiny planet in a vast universe is a daunting task. All of…Continue reading God, it hurts to be human!
Sometimes, like Alice, I lose my muchness. It sometimes comes under fire and so I hide it. Have you hidden your muchness much? These past two weeks I did it again – my much too-muchness was too much for some humans who preferred other humans, especially the She-Ones, not to be too much muchness.…Continue reading Celebrating Too Much Muchness
“There is no light without shadow and no psychic wholeness without imperfection.” – Carl Jung – My pug mauls her shadow. Not every day, of course. Just on those days when the sun is shining brightly and we happen to walk past our neighbour’s garden wall at a particular time in the morning. Suddenly…Continue reading My Pug and Her Curious Relationship with Her Shadow
“Despair is the price one pays for self-awareness. Look deeply into life, and you’ll always find despair.” ― Irvin D. Yalom, When Nietzsche Wept – Lately, I find the world increasingly loud and overwhelming. I flinch as I scroll through my various social news feeds: The faces of the destitute that have been stigmatised as…Continue reading The Table of Life: Despair and Hope
Once you are Real you can’t become unreal again. It lasts for always. -Margery Williams, The Velveteen Rabbit – It was a very difficult decision to let Baer go. However, Baer had gone to God. His little teddy body could no longer be mended. There were now gaping holes where once his beautiful brown glass…Continue reading Tattered Teddies and Tattered Hearts
‘A time to scatter stones and a time to gather stones.’ Ecclesiastes 3:5 (NLT) Who we are today has a lot to do with our culture and history. We embody the narratives we hold to. The stories we have been told, we continue telling … unless we stop and consider whether the lessons they offer…Continue reading Scattering the Stones We Gathered
‘Do not avert your eyes. It is important that you see this. It is important that you feel this.’ – Kamand Kojouri – This year has been filled with many conversations. My life is richer because a collection of friends and strangers were willing to take a study journey with me and share some of…Continue reading And are you ok with that?
“I must be a mermaid, Rango. I have no fear of depths and a great fear of shallow living.” – Anaïs Nin – In the last month, we have packed up our household, travelled two thousand kilometers south with three cars and two dogs in tow, and then unpacked what we had just painstakingly wrapped…Continue reading Your Life as a Deep Blue Sea
“I see it all perfectly; there are two possible situations — one can either do this or that. My honest opinion and my friendly advice is this: do it or do not do it — you will regret both.” – Soren Kierkegaard – I still remember the first time I heard the notion of living…Continue reading In Hindsight: Reflections on Regret