On Loss and Dreams

8 Nov 2023

The recent death of a friend has led to a desire to speak more openly to others, letting them know what their companionship means to me. I share the message I sent them, in the hope that others take the opportunity to connect with friends and family without waiting for a tragedy to prompt them in to action.

Curmudgeon or standard bearer?

6 Dec 2022

Having our own little rituals and "traditions" can help us maintain a little stability in a world that can otherwise feel overwhelming and out of control.

Re-Balancing the Equation - becoming more resourceful

14 Oct 2022

It's all too easy to find yourself stuck, unable to see how you can possibly find your way around, over or through the problem you're facing. However, by putting a degree of distance between you and the problem, new resources and new, more empowering perspectives can become available.

Learned Helplessness – it’s all smoke and mirrors!

20 Sep 2022

For well over 30 years I’ve been responsible for managing challenging situations, challenging students, and more often than you might think, challenging staff too.

Is it better to give than to receive?

2 Aug 2022

That it’s better to give than to receive is a cliché, but nevertheless one that resonates with many of us. It’s certainly true that if you want to feel good about yourself, the quickest way to achieve it is to do something good for someone else. At the same time, I’ve been thinking about the power of being open to receiving the kindness of others. Maybe it’s ok to want both, to give and to receive...

Should I stay or should I go now?

18 Jul 2022

I don't know about you, but I'm a creature of habit. I guess I find a sense of safety and security in largely doing things in the same way. Don't get me wrong...