A hiker’s view of transitions

“I don’t see transitions as being gentle, ongoing, slightly rocky bush trails. I see them as being difficult. You are going to get bruised and battered. But when you get to the top, you are going to be proud of that. And it will sting for a bit, but what a reminder of what you’ve achieved.” Katie reflects on her love of mountain hiking as … Continue reading A hiker’s view of transitions

A Returning Transition

Some of our best-known story lines portray a character returning home after a period of absence. Depending on our story, the main protagonist returns from a protracted absence to confront circumstances that cannot be ignored and that only she or he can face. Moses is one such character in the Bible, returning to Egypt to lead his people out of slavery. You could probably think … Continue reading A Returning Transition

A Loving Transition

Love It doesn’t take long to see the place of love in our lives. Just think of our songs: “All you need is love”, “Can you feel the love tonight?” and our stories (even Disney variations on classic themes in films like Frozen and Maleficent are about the power of love, even in the most unexpected forms). M. Scott Peck wrote more than 40 years … Continue reading A Loving Transition

The cost of growing up

What is the cost of growing up? This may not be the question we normally ask when thinking about our progression to adulthood. Yet I have observed that a child’s identity and worldview are primarily shaped by their family of origin. Even the tiny mannerisms that escape our faces have their origins in the people who nurtured us in our earliest years. So, whether we … Continue reading The cost of growing up

Learning on the job

“When I was in High School, I didn’t know what I wanted to study, but I knew what I wanted to be,” explains Claudia as she unpacks the past few years of her life since leaving University. Creative Dreams She goes on, “I wanted to be an Art Director, working for a major publication because I wanted to be super creative.” After some investigation, Claudia … Continue reading Learning on the job

The heart of a runner

Doug’s story “I started running seriously about 20 years ago”, Doug explains. “Initially it was to spend time with my son Paul, who had developed a passion for running when he was 14.” Eventually Doug would be running long distances. Even though he had previously undergone a knee reconstruction, he became an endurance athlete, running in many long-distance events. “At the time of my peak … Continue reading The heart of a runner

Purpose – a rich person’s preoccupation?

Bec’s story Have you ever wondered about your purpose in life? Depending on what you believe, this could be the biggest question you try to unravel, especially when you are younger. Bec was no exception. “As a young Australian Christian I really struggled with the reality of the world. I would often raise questions about poverty, but it seemed like I was the only person … Continue reading Purpose – a rich person’s preoccupation?

A transition out of invincibility

“The real issue for me has been coming to terms with the assumption that I was invincible. Events over the past few years have shown me otherwise.” Roger recounts his plan for a staged transition out of his dentistry practice, which was interrupted by an unplanned situation. “My retirement plan involved me selling my practice and over a period of five years working one day … Continue reading A transition out of invincibility