Posted by on July 15, 2014 | 2 comments

Down The Rabbit Hole

This past weekend my husband and I took our children to see a performance of Lewis Carroll’s “Alice in Wonderland”. The girls were enchanted by the story of Alice, who falls down a rabbit hole into a fantasy world where nothing is as it seems. Amid the fantastical costumes and the antics of the mad characters, there were some profound moments. This exchange between Alice and the Cheshire Cat was one: “Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?” (Alice to the Cat) “That depends a good deal on where you want to get to,” said the Cat. “I don’t care much where,” said Alice. “Then it doesn’t matter which way you go,” said the Cat. How true this is. So often we fail to clearly define where our “there” is, yet we are surprised when we feel as if we are lost. Like many young people I had very little career guidance when I was at school. Certainly nothing that went beyond ticking...

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Posted by on July 8, 2014 | 0 comments

What The World Needs

“Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.” ~ Howard Thurman. My husband and I have just finished watching the entire series of the hit television crime drama, Breaking Bad. The series is about a chemistry teacher – who in his prime was a brilliant scientist but never hit the big time – who finds out that he has lung cancer and not much time to live. This teacher, Walt, realises that his death will leave his family with little financial security and he decides to use his knowledge of chemistry to manufacture high-quality methamphetamine. What ensues is a gripping drama of deception, drug cartels, greed, violence and destruction – the stuff of great TV! Here’s what struck me about Walt – he came alive in the drug lab. No longer was he a victim of circumstance, counting the days until his inevitable death. He became driven and focused, and he...

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Posted by on July 1, 2014 | 2 comments

Other People’s Dreams

“I play tennis for a living, even though I hate tennis, hate it with a dark and secret passion, and always have.”    ~ Andre Agassi Isn’t it incredible that a man who was once the best tennis player in the world actually hates the sport? Tennis was his father’s dream, and it was for him that the younger Agassi devoted years of his life to being the best in the world. Agassi’s story is only exceptional because it is high-profile. Far too many of us live other people’s dreams and pursue paths that aren’t our own. We all know the rules – we know what is acceptable, prestigious, respectable and lucrative. We understand that to succeed in the game we must master the rules and do our utmost to outmanoeuvre our opponents. And we expect that in return for playing by the rules we will be rewarded and fulfilled. Why then does it feel like something’s missing? The problem with living according to other people’s plans is that...

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