(Or How I Came to Embrace a New Age Concept Without Believing) It has often annoyed me when we are told that all experiences, especially bad ones, are an opportunity to learn, that we all have times when life seems to go smoothly, and more challenging times where nothing goes right. And we're supposed to be thankful for the latter? I wasn't convinced, not at all. This … [Read more...] about Attitude of Gratitude
Introvert/ˈɪntrəvəːt/ noun - a shy, reticent person I'm at a party and I'm smiling. I'm caring and I'm sharing, I'm being bubbly and, I hope, only slightly unconventional and just a little amusing. That's my thing. Yeah, I've got my party face on and I'm having a pretty good time. But as the minutes turn into hours and everyone else is getting more comfortable, gaining … [Read more...] about Introverted or Anti-Social?
I came to quite a realisation recently, one that was so obvious that I'm ashamed that it took me so many years to arrive at this epiphany. It was a small realisation in the scheme of things, a slight shift of perspective, but for me it has made a world of difference. I have to remind myself often of this shift as old habits die hard, but when I do, when I remember, I feel a … [Read more...] about Stop Trying to Make Friends with Your Inner Critic
Palimpsest /ˈpalɪm(p)sɛst/ noun - a manuscript on which more than one text has been written with the earlier writing incompletely erased and still visible The man lurched across the road, dodging the rush-hour traffic. His hat, an orange tasselled affair with over-sized ear-flaps, sat at an angle on his head, allowing dark blonde curls to spring out on the right side around … [Read more...] about Palimpsest
Since I came to live in rural France over a decade ago, cinema has taken a back seat in my life. Yes, I could go every week and watch a Hollywood blockbuster dubbed into French. I could see the newish Star Wars movie with Mark Hamill's voice over-dubbed with the sound of a French actor's voice (these voice actors are stars in their own right here), his mouth flapping up and … [Read more...] about Walk with Me