According to the Troggs, 'love is all around'. So how come we're not very good at loving ourselves, never mind loving ourselves more? As someone who’s experienced some of those ‘slings and arrows of outrageous fortune’ that Hamlet harped on about, I may now have a partial answer. Without getting too far into a forensic analysis that can only lead us up our own backside, I think there are probably at least two main reasons: 1 We think to love ourselves is to be selfish, but this is to … [Read more...] about Love: how to love ourselves more
Now notice that the headline doesn't say anything about discovering your potential in 'one easy step'. That's because I don't want to lead you astray from the beginning. Later on, maybe; right from the start, no. That would be plain wrong. Let's start by acknowledging that 'potential' comes from the same stem as 'power'. My favourite definition is: "latent qualities or abilities that may be developed and lead to future success or usefulness". That strikes me as worth some effort, as worth … [Read more...] about How to discover your potential in one step
If you’re reading this and you have dyspraxia, you know exactly how that feels. So do I. My dyspraxia diagnosis didn’t arrive until I was 59. I’d already spent a lifetime feeling different, frustrated, incompetent, confused, and, worst of all, stupid. Except, deep down, I knew I wasn’t stupid. My ability with words and language demonstrated that. In that context, I was super-human; in the context of normal life though, I was sub-human. My schooldays were accidents waiting to happen – and … [Read more...] about How to accept your dyspraxia as part of yourself
As soon as I read the ‘Walk Faster’ headline, my soul revolts. Then I relent, but only marginally. I relent to the extent of acknowledging the good work Public Health England (PHE) has done in highlighting the ‘inactivity epidemic’ – and proposing walking as the antidote. That’s it though. As passionate an advocate of walking as I am, I do not believe that walking faster is the solution to our sedentary lifestyle. The only problem that walking faster is likely to solve is poor … [Read more...] about ‘Walk Faster’, says Public Health England. No, no, no!
Fourth century Greek philosopher Diogenes once said "it is solved by walking" ("solvitur ambulando"). It was his response to the question of whether motion is real. He got up and walked. Diogenes sounds like my kind of man; well, apart from the living in a barrel. The words have since come to mean that the answer to a problem can usually be found by a practical experiment. But I like to interpret them more literally because I find them to be true. Walking has solved so many things for me, … [Read more...] about Top ten things walking has taught me: #3
That's an unequivocal ‘yes’ from me. I resume walking, aged 59, when I’m in such poor health I’m in danger of becoming housebound. Three years and over 4,500 kilometres later, I’m fitter, healthier, and stronger than I’ve ever been. And the corollary of that is I’m also happier and more fulfilled than I’ve ever been. I’d be telling a big fat porkie pie (lie) if I said I knew exactly what the connection between walking and wellness is. We have, however, known about it for a bloody long … [Read more...] about Can we walk into wellness?