101Joys, Faith, Life

018 Why the character of your heart really matters

I have been thinking much recently about what is important regarding how we conduct ourselves when life goes pear-shaped and messed up. The bible has much to say about the importance of looking after your heart (not-least because it is the wellspring of life!). In the bible there's this story about a prophet called Samuel.… Continue reading 018 Why the character of your heart really matters

101Joys, Faith, Life

017 Optimism and the Death of a good man

Did you know that today is Good Friday? Arguably the most important day in the Christian calendar! Strange then that I have found myself thinking about optimism when my faith path leads me to the crucifixion today. Perhaps this is not as strange as you might think. Optimists get a hard time these days: we… Continue reading 017 Optimism and the Death of a good man

101Joys, Life

016 Litter Trays, Sand therapy & the value you give to yourself

I have had a number of conversations recently about the value of 'things'; the value we add to those around us; and the value of learning. I love the idea of Adding Value - I first came across it in a little book by John Maxwell called 360 Leader. This book impacted me with it's core… Continue reading 016 Litter Trays, Sand therapy & the value you give to yourself

101Joys, Creative Writing, Life

015 Finding your purpose and some Japanese thinking (Ikigai)

I recently wrote about how knowing your purpose is a key to living in joy. But what if we don't know our purpose? What if we've never been able to work it out? - Then this post will really, practically help you... Maksud continued to wander the wilderness, the cold east wind blowing her hair… Continue reading 015 Finding your purpose and some Japanese thinking (Ikigai)

101Joys, Life

014 Knowing your purpose is a key to living in joy

Maksud wanders as if blown by the wind, from one experience to the next. Her mind always drawn by the desires of childhood hidden deep within her soul. She pushes them down and carries on. Recalling them cuts her heart and causes regret to spill like blood around her mind. But those dreams and those desires… Continue reading 014 Knowing your purpose is a key to living in joy

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013 Joy can be found intentionally

As I walked my girls to school this morning I posed the question to my oldest (whose smile was upside down): "What is the one thing you can do today that will make you feel joy?" She pondered the thought and smiled as she said slowly "I don't know". I could see a few things… Continue reading 013 Joy can be found intentionally

101Joys, Life

012 Coffee Creativity: The Case of the Nude Barista

The sun is shining on Harrogate today and I can hear the morning coffee call. Responding to the call I step into my local independent coffee shop. I’m greeted by the owner and the barista, both of whom are bright and cheery. The welcome is warm and authentic. This place is a little treasure trove… Continue reading 012 Coffee Creativity: The Case of the Nude Barista