One of the first times I felt powerless was as a little girl, waiting for my mum to pick me up from school. She had been delayed and I didn’t know where she was. My eyes scanned the streets, thinking maybe the next car would be hers. I only had eyes for our family’s light… Continue reading How to deal with powerlessness
Her passion for cooking started with one aromatic meal, served up with love and a cheeky smile. Her love for her husband was rekindled after one thoughtful note, slipped under the table at dinner. Her desire to truly live again was sparked by one story of survival in a country far more turbulent. Her week was improved by one pot of… Continue reading ‘The little things’ change lives
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
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
If I could list my two great passions, it would have to be writing and acting. I have always written stories and poems. My mum encouraged me to read from an early age, and I developed a love for the written word. I wrote for fun – and therapy. In my teens I’d daily fill… Continue reading Other people’s shoes
Do you know the story about the starfish? Just in case you haven’t, here it is (author unknown): While walking along a beach, an elderly gentleman saw someone in the distance leaning down, picking something up and throwing it into the ocean. As he got closer, he noticed the figure was that of a young… Continue reading What’s your ‘starfish story’?
Do you ever ponder the ‘what would I do if I won the lottery’ hypothetical in your head? The one where you imagine all the things you’d do with a million or so dollars? I’ve been through seasons of financial blessing, and seasons of monetary hardship. Although my parents raised me with a fairly ‘que… Continue reading If money were no object…