Play with a pack, run with a team

This morning I’m at a football tournament watching my daughter play. As they practiced shooting it struck me that all the teams practicing in that moment were only practicing scoring goals. No one was passing, tackling or communicating. Why? I suspect in every child’s mind there is the thought that they want to be the … Continue reading Play with a pack, run with a team

Confidence flows from character

I posted a few days ago about character being attributes that flow OUT of us in life’s circumstances. The quality of our character dictates the strength of our lives. And the strength of our lives is linked with the confidence we have on the inside flowing to the outside. For example, patience is stronger than … Continue reading Confidence flows from character

Blossoms bow

Blossoms bow in the evening sun Knowing not what to think Their petals enchanting everyone Glowing such beautiful pink Stray blossom Avenue, Harrogate I love when the blossoms come out - I suspect everybody does. They blossom annually and the bright colour illuminates people’s hearts and Instagram feeds for a few weeks. And then the … Continue reading Blossoms bow

Falling and rising in life

Everybody hurts. Everybody falls. But not everybody rises again. It’s so true that when we are down and out; when we fall on our knees; when we get knocked down ... it’s so true that what we do next is what really matters. As somebody who is being currently knocked down, I want to just … Continue reading Falling and rising in life

Struggle, strength & falling in mud

I was talking with a friend recently about some of the struggles I have been facing. It was Christmas day and I had spent most of the day feeling sorry for myself but trying my best to convince myself that it was okay; that I was okay. Friends had dropped by in the evening and … Continue reading Struggle, strength & falling in mud

Hold on to hope

No matter what is going on in your life please remember that there is always something to hope for. True hope leads to positive outcomes - it will not leave you disappointed. Holding on to hope is a measure of your resilience and determination to overcome. You are able. You are strong. You are resilient. … Continue reading Hold on to hope

Circumstances can be chaotic, but you CAN be calm

I have been considering lately the idea of 'peace in a storm'. It's a well known thought that the 'eye of the storm' is the most peaceful part of a tornado. While the tornado rages it's centre is a place of calm. Chaos is external, while calm is internal. With a little self-awareness and the … Continue reading Circumstances can be chaotic, but you CAN be calm

Finding joy isn’t dependent upon your circumstances

There is a lie we believe about joy. We are told or taught, or somehow come to believe that joy is based solely on our circumstances. I don’t know where this notion comes from, but I know it’s not true in the experiences of many people. Watch any movie and you will notice moments of … Continue reading Finding joy isn’t dependent upon your circumstances