1 question to radically change your day

How do you react when things are taken out of your control? I usually just go along with it. Perhaps I lack the self-confidence to make a fuss. Perhaps it’s a resignation that “whatever will be will be.” My surgeon said I required a side-room. Excellent, space to myself and…

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When you need tough love

Punch in the face

In hospital there was a man in the bed across from me who annoyed me. He appeared to be a stereotypical football fan. Not only loud-mouthed and bombastic, he was more concerned with his team’s performance than the more pressing matters of life… such as why he was in hospital…

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Too stressed to care?

It had seemed a long way off, but suddenly it was here; my next round of surgery would be in about 24 hours. I was becoming increasingly anxious as the day progressed. Just before 5pm the phone rang; the hospital admissions clerk informed me that they could not guarantee me…

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Memories are made with people

Memories. Travelling back through time collecting photographs. People, places, moments. Images pinned to a board. Each photograph a reminder, a milestone on my journey. The pin board a map of my life, a brief history of me. Looking at a “history of me” it is easier to see how far…

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Do you suffer from self-sufficiency?

I am self-sufficient. As a child I was taught to have a can-do attitude. If it needed doing I would have a go. A problem was an opportunity to learn a new skill. Our society teaches self-sufficiency as a virtue but there is a danger in independence. It breeds pride…

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