You know the feeling. The ache. The sorrow. The grief. You feel compassion rising up, and you’re caught. You can’t unfeel something. You can’t unsee injustice… You can’t rub away the blackness. The empathy. The dark realisation… During my lunch-time at work I walk around the streets of Sydney’s Surry Hills. It’s a hub for brothels, and my heart breaks when I see… Continue reading Caught in compassion
Nick Vujicic was born without arms or legs, and has spent a lot of his life speaking to people about what it was like to grow up this way. Nick is known for his positivity and sense of humour, and inspires others to live the life of their dreams despite the obstacles they might face.… Continue reading Live a life without limits
In the darkest times, kindness shines brightest. Do you agree? When we’re feeling at our lowest and most despondent, a simple touch; an understanding, empathetic smile; or a few words of love and appreciation stand out like beacons. But we often neglect kindness in favour of well-meaning solutions. We opt for a lecture over a… Continue reading Kindness shines in the dark
No matter how big and all-consuming our struggles, I believe each of us has both an abundance and a deficit in different areas. In other words, there are parts of our lives which are going well, and there are sections – or segments – which are not. Sometimes it might seem like nothing is succeeding… Continue reading Where are you full? Where are you empty?
How do you feel when someone calls you by your name? It depends how they use your name, doesn’t it? And what they call you… My name is Alison, but I love when people call me Ali. I consider it a name only friends call me. There’s nothing formal or stiff about it… it feels… Continue reading Hey baby, what’s your name?
My niece and I were having a chat recently about why people upload photos to social media. Here are some of the possibilities we came up with: 1) Insecurity. We might not have a very satisfying life, so we create an ideal ‘story’ on Facebook and Instagram to make others envious and give ourselves a… Continue reading Stop the Face-boasting!
“It has long been an axiom of mine that the little things are infinitely the most important,” wrote Sir Arthur Conan Doyle in The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes. In Sherlock’s case, the most minute details are often the biggest clues to solving a mystery. And it’s also true of life. The gestures, the moments, the… Continue reading Don’t neglect the small stuff