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
A few days ago my grandson, Felix Gabriel Xiaoyu was born. Celebrating Life It is wonderful being a granddad all over again. The delight of welcoming someone into your family is special. Holding him for the first time is even more special. Here is life in all its potential. In this little bundle that only weighs about 2.8 kilos (a little over 6 pounds) I … Continue reading New Life
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
A New Year’s Eve Reflection Looking back on the past year, I am very grateful for a lot of things. One of them is this cup. I love it. Every time I have an opportunity to make myself a drink, whether a coffee, a tea or a herbal drink, this is the cup! I love it for a couple of reasons. First, Sue, my wife … Continue reading What do you want to bury from 2020?
There is no better way of expressing how much you love something or someone than by the time you spend nurturing that love. Often, our time, just like our money, tells us where our hearts are captivated. Discovery Quite a few years ago, before Lara’s daughter Grace was born, she realised that her heart did not have any love for an administrative job she was … Continue reading A tale of swans and butterflies
Seasons of change bring anticipation with them. I’m no exception. Finishing one thing to begin another sparks anticipation. Better described than defined, anticipation is that first whiff of roasting coffee beans in the morning, the roar of the crowd when your team runs onto the field, the sound of your toddler breaking the bliss of sleep. Anticipation is a tiny theft of pleasure. A wreckless … Continue reading anticipation
In August I read that the Reserve Bank were predicting the unemployment rate would get to 10% by the end of the year (McKinsey Report). Technically, I don’t show up in that statistic yet. (Actually, I prefer to think of myself as being employed in something I want to be doing, for a season at least.) Thankfully I had about eight weeks to prepare for … Continue reading becoming a statistic