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Midlife Crisis? What do you really want to do now you’re grown up?

Recently Kate Halfpenny wrote her column of this title. It is interesting to read that what follows is an awareness that after building the career and acquiring the trappings of material prosperity, comes a need for something more. As Halfpenny pinpoints, “I want to build a second act with meaning which transcends money.” Indeed.  This… Read More
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Book gifting Tuesdays

I’ve always been challenged by the phrase Random Acts of Kindness (RAOK). Not because I don’t think it is a lovely gesture to randomly deliver an act of kindness but because I don’t often hear the other complementary phrase. In my view, the more important and well-known phrase could be Deliberate Acts of Kindness, or… Read More
Hope needs to play as central a role in our lives now as much as it may always have in the history of humans. It has been referred to as the antidote to despair and in the Christian context, losing hope is an occasion of sin. Whether you ascribe to this Christian notion of ‘sin’,… Read More
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The Acorn Theory/Individuation

We have Chris Mackey, principal psychologist at Chris Mackey and Associates, to thank for introducing us to the concepts of Acorn Theory and Individuation of Carl Jung. Recently, Chris was the guest speaker at the launch of my manifesto. In correspondence with us, Chris wrote: “[in my address] I’ll likely focus on Jung’s notion of… Read More
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Carrot and Stick

Wendy Tuohy of The Age, on 14th March, in Parents warned against ‘carrot and stick’ writes of an insight by Alyce Kirk, (a mental health nurse of thirteen years) when dealing with patients, “Don’t try and manipulate [patients],” she says. “You actually have to have a communication with them and give them a bit of… Read More
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Synchronicity: Enjoying the Benefits of Coincidence

The concept of synchronicity, of noticing “an uncanny timing of events that seems to go beyond pure chance” (Chris Mackey) is an interesting one which brings with it the possibility of meaning-making of a deeply satisfying, personal kind. In our understanding of synchronicity, the symbolism, or the message one takes from an occurrence, is inherently… Read More
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Know Yourself

Recently, I have been fortunate to experience the offerings of the The Best Year of Your Life summit 2022. This has been an opportunity to tap into wise counsel, to feed my mind with contemporary wisdom in so many of the matters that vitally interest me and which touch on our work at my manifesto.… Read More
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Dignity: Our Inherent Right

Donna Hicks’, in Dignity, defines dignity as ‘recognition of our worth and value’. She identifies the first developmental stage of dignity, the dependence stage, as the one we experienced as a child. In this stage, our sense of our inherent dignity was shaped by the way those who loved us reflected it to us. This… Read More