This is Your Life

If you are reading this, you are alive.  I may or may not be alive.  As I jot these words right now, I naturally hope that I am alive for a few more decades.  But I cannot be certain of things turning out that way. How strange this thought is. Yet how true. Last week, aRead More

Simply This

I was hit in the face by a butterfly yesterday.  Three times, in fact.  On distinctly separate occasions.  Whilst meandering along my favourite coastal track. Out in the open, two beings collided momentarily.  One with wings and the other with legs. A simple and natural occurrence.  Ok, three occurrences. End of story.  Or so I wouldRead More


Each day I remind myself to be open to what life brings.  Open-minded and open-hearted. Life rarely unfolds in the same direction as what was expected.  Often I will pause and reflect with bewilderment on where I am or how I am.  I ponder the many steps that led to this particular moment and how fewRead More

Precious Gifts

The vibrant blue and indigo feathers of a fairy wren. A smile from a stranger. The barely discernible outline of a harmless jellyfish.  It’s gossamer form pulsing with grace. A homegrown lemon.  Placed at my front door by a friendly neighbour. Tiny flecks of light, dancing on water. Someone who listens when words are spoken.  TrulyRead More

Arrivals & Departures

At this transition into a new season, I take a moment to contemplate beginnings and endings. The moon arrives as sunlight departs. A flower delights all then withers into non-existence. Inhalation ends. Exhalation begins. Friends come and go. We ourselves come and go.  Bustling between home and work and shops and amusements. Birthdays, graduations, celebrations, promotions,Read More


This morning I stopped swimming in order to de-fog my goggles.  As I kept myself afloat, I looked towards the horizon and contemplated the ephemeral nature of life. It is like a bubble on the surface of the ocean.  Or a rainbow.  Or a reflection of the moon in a lake. We think we have manyRead More

2016 Rolls Out

Today is the final day of 2016. Usually as we sit on the cusp of a new year, there’s a bit of reflecting on the year that has just passed.  Please remember that when you do this, it’s not particularly helpful to analyse the pants off the whole year.  You can re-live/regurgitate/recall as much as youRead More

Driving With Gratitude

Driven to thanks

Long distance road trips are not on my bucket list.  Not that I have a bucket list.  But if I did, sitting in a driver’s seat for several consecutive days would not be a feature. However, due to a series of circumstances which are not entertaining enough to be elaborated on here, I recently found myselfRead More

Open Your Heart

The following are words from His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama: Inner disarmament, external disarmament; these must go together, you see.  Peace is not just mere absence of violence – genuine peace must start in each individual heart. Yes.  Peace must start in each individual heart.  To encourage this, we must open our hearts and takeRead More