What is happiness? We know it when we experience it, but how can we define it? I heard this on ‘Thought for the Day’ on Radio 4 this morning and thought it came quite close: “Happiness is not a matter of intensity but of balance, order, rhythm and harmony.” Thomas Merton (January 31, 1915 – December 10, 1968) was an American Catholic writer and mystic. A Trappist monk of the Abbey of Gethsemani, Kentucky, he was a poet, social activist, and student of comparative religion. In 1949, he was ordained to the… Read More
There are some people who come into your life to make it better. There are other people who go out of your life to make it better still. A Spanish friend of mine (Jorge, you know who you are) posted this on Facebook and it really resonated with me, even though it sounds quite harsh. I’d been thinking about how important it is to surround ourselves with a community of positive people who have our best interests at heart and who truly care about us. We will thrive better without people who criticise us, try… Read More
Don’t let anyone rent a space in your head unless they’re a good tenant.
A stunningly beautiful opera singer performed at the opening ceremony of the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. Her name is Pumeza Matshikiza and she has made an extraordinary journey from a shack in a Cape Town township in South Africa to international fame. Her story begins when she became captivated by opera as she heard it on the radio as a child. She managed to get into the South African College of Music where she was spotted by the composer Kevin Volans who bought her a plane ticket to go to London to audition… Read More
‘Some of us think holding on makes us strong; but sometimes it is letting go.’ Herman Hesse