Resilience During The Storms

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A dog in the daffs, all enjoying the sunshine; what a difference a day makes!  After the torrential rain and storms we’ve endured for days, the sky’s a cloudless brilliant blue, I can hear birds calling and all is peaceful. A series of quick ‘whizzes’ instead of proper walks, left Alfred akin to a coiled spring so off we went with unbridled joy, on Alf’s part anyway. The word ‘resilience‘ came to mind as I looked around at Nature and her lessons, the Oxford Dictionary […] Read more »

Maya The Magnificent

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The beautiful soul that is Maya Angelou travelled home yesterday, her earthly task of shining light into dark places completed.  And if at our moment of transition we review our physical experience, it will have been spiritually rewarding to see the impact her writing and insight had upon so many.  But so much physical and emotional experience went into the blending of the amazing woman who was Maya. Did you realise, for example, that for five years Maya was mute, […] Read more »

Lisa Gibson, Exemplar of Peace

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My friend and colleague, Lisa Gibson, tragically lost her brother in the Lockerbie Bombing 25 years ago and has devoted her life to brokering peace.  I first met Lisa in Orlando when we worked together on a collaborative book, The Expert Success Solution.  Lisa’s warmth and friendliness drew me straight away, a calming presence in the room.  It was only as we spoke that Lisa’s amazing journey was revealed.  An attorney, global conflict coach, mediator, and founder and director of […] Read more »

Extremes Of Pleasure And Pain In Just One Week

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Wow, what a week it’s been!  Our collaborative book, The Expert Success Solution launched on Tuesday and debuted as the #1 Amazon best seller in Canada and Amazon #2 in America.   It was a dream-like scenario as we watched  Steven Covey, Tim Ferriss and Napoleon Hill move aside to let us through, with Just Malcolm Gladwell’s ‘Outliers’ remaining in the #1 spot for now.   Being the only contributor from the UK, I was up all night as we watched […] Read more »

The Carnival Is Over

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‘The Carnival Is Over’ was a 60s song by The Seekers and told a romantic story of  short-lived but life-changing romance.  Our carnival is over because of murder at the Carnival, which sounds more like an Agatha Christie title, doesn’t it?  Sadly, Gloucester Carnival really is over, cancelled because of the violent and purposeless murder of a vulnerable 50-year-old man. The Carnival runs for two weeks every Summer and this year, like every other, was due to climax with a […] Read more »

Life Changing Seconds . . .

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Life changes in but a fleeting second, sending us either headlong into ecstacy or unimaginable pain.  It’s like that or we’d all be flatlining, no troughs and certainly no peaks.  Never has this been more clearly defined than in the life of Gary Barlow. Gary recently talked of moments of intense pleasure and excitement as he travelled the world gathering music and changing lives for the Queen’s Jubilee song.  Then of the anticipation seconds before meeting Her Majesty at Buckingham Palace for the first time.  Also […] Read more »

Emotional Shock In Newsagent

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As I write, I may as well have been physically kicked in the stomach because that’s how I feel.  Happily dropping cushion covers at the dry cleaners following the arrival of new carpet and bit of a Spring clean, I went into the newsagent this morning and saw the headline: “A “BRILLIANT” 18-year old grammar schoolgirl hanged herself in a park was “clearly failed” by mental health services . . .” She wasn’t just any 18-year old, but D’s best friend […] Read more »