Over the last few weeks I’ve been hunting for new challenges – on the bike. I’ve begun to ask myself how far can I go? I enjoy riding for its own sake, but I also like having something big to aim for. Until this year I would never have seriously considered even attempting some of the … Read more
Perspective is everything. We create unreasonable and unrealistic expectations for our own lives and those of others and this can really distort the perspective we bring to life. As much as we can, we try to block out the difficulties and setbacks. This shouldn’t be happening! Why is this happening to me? We normally treat … Read more
Perhaps this post would be more accurately entitled ‘Getting the Ups and Downs of Life in Perspective, because that’s the real challenge we face so often. It’s so incredibly easy to get caught up in the dramas of daily life, the stresses of work, money, relationships – you name it – that we lose sight … Read more
In many of the great myths and epics, including virtually every example from the world of Hollywood and comics, the hero has an ongoing confrontation with a figure who represents their opposite – often dark, destructive, violent elements – think of Dracula, who embodies all that suppressed desire of Jonathan Harker. There’s also Darth Vadar. During his training … Read more
Most of the time I stress the long-term processes of transformation; the journey, the quest of the hero. It’s a model that reflects the nature of life and our need to respond, learn, and adapt to the ups and downs and to ultimately come to terms with the nature of life and death. When we’re … Read more
In my last piece I wrote about the hero’s journey and the central place of learning through experience. I also made the point that we cannot take any shortcuts. It is a process in which each stage has an important function. In overcoming our resistance to the call and in doing whatever it takes to … Read more
It’s very easy to find yourself on a loop. It may be a nice loop, but it’s a closed circuit nonetheless and the opportunities for growth and change will be inherently limited. In order to grow we have to be prepared to step off the loop, to embrace the unfamiliar, the road less travelled.
I’ve got a small mountain of books that I want to read, some that I’ve started many not. They’re a diverse lot, ranging from academic texts on Roman history, a number of travel books (I love good travel writing), a couple on politics, strategy and diplomacy, and a Le Carre that I picked up on … Read more
On Sunday the 24th of July, Cadel Evans stood at the top of the Podium on the Champs Elysee wearing the Maillot Jaune of the Tour de France, the holy grail of cycling and one of the most coveted prizes in world sport. These are some of my thoughts on the significance of his victory, from an unashamedly biased fan of Cadel.
Life is full of tests, challenges, ups and downs. That’s just the way it is. In fact, I would suggest that if your life is completely without stress or pain in some shape of form for an extended period of time then the odds are you don’t just have a very quiet life – you … Read more