“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
… 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
“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!
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)
“Expectations were like fine pottery. The harder you held them, the more likely they were to crack.” Brandon Sanderson – The Way of Kings When I was a child, my parents and I would take walks in the forests that grew rich and lush around the little village we called home in Northern Germany. Ants…Continue reading Disturbing the Ant Nest: Let’s Talk About Expectations!