012 Coffee Creativity: The Case of the Nude Barista

The sun is shining on Harrogate today and I can hear the morning coffee call. Responding to the call I step into my local independent coffee shop. I’m greeted by the owner and the barista, both of whom are bright and cheery. The welcome is warm and authentic. This place is a little treasure troveContinue reading “012 Coffee Creativity: The Case of the Nude Barista”

011 Shine: Handling your Critics

No person in American history was so respected and yet so hated as Abraham Lincoln. Thousands opposed him in his views on war and slavery, as well as his attempts to keep America united. One day a friend pulled Lincoln aside and told him that his critics were speaking so negatively about him. Lincoln responded,Continue reading “011 Shine: Handling your Critics”

There is so much new life in the darkness – so take heart

Life can be described in terms of shades: dark and light; black and white. We think of darkness as bad and light as good, yet God created darkness and light and said that it was all good. Even God Himself brooded in the darkness before the creation. Many of the most expressive and creative peopleContinue reading “There is so much new life in the darkness – so take heart”

The Value of following a Life Vision

There are many benefits of having a life vision and knowing what progress you want to make. Here are seven benefits of having Vision for your life or organisation: It focuses your attention on what is important It helps us to persevere when the going gets tough It clarifies our lives and defines who we areContinue reading “The Value of following a Life Vision”

Three Tips for Moving the Immovable

The fridge stood in the middle of the room where the delivery guy had left it. It was huge! I unfortunately am not huge. How on earth would I move this fridge? We’ve all had days like this: days when there’s something in our lives that appear to be immovable. It might be a bigContinue reading “Three Tips for Moving the Immovable”

Make good choices, not bad excuses

I find that I require little reminders like this on  a frequent basis.  It’s easy to stop trying, to sit on our laurels,  to just give up. It’s easy to  find excuses for non-achievement,  non-fulfilment and non-productivity.  We seem to be wired to shift blame from ourselves onto other people or situations. As long asContinue reading “Make good choices, not bad excuses”

God is big enough…

Have you ever faced a circumstance of life that has proven to be rather difficult? Life is like that sometimes: Sometimes we find ourselves in a ‘circumstance’. Sometimes things just don’t work out. The natural thing to do in such times is to attack or retreat: We lash out at those who are hurting us. WeContinue reading “God is big enough…”

Persevere

I have been thinking about this a lot recently: PERSEVERANCE. Even the word sounds difficult… Perseverance. Sometimes life will get difficult – severely difficult. Life does not care about whether you can cope or not – it will continue to throw curve-balls at you. It will continue to test you to see what you areContinue reading “Persevere”

Find a way, not an excuse

I find that I require little reminders like this on  a frequent basis.  It’s easy to stop trying, to sit on our laurels,  to just give up. It’s easy to  find excuses for non-achievement,  non-fulfilment and non-productivity.  We seem to be wired to shift blame from ourselves onto other people or situations. As long asContinue reading “Find a way, not an excuse”