Culture

We all share in a daily quest for happiness. We have different means of getting there, but we’re all looking for the same destination. Two years ago I wrote the following few lines on this very same blog: “There are no superhumans. Every feels the fragility of life. No one is immune to criticism. We…

A question so simple

Recently I was asked a question which has turned my way of thinking upside down. Here I’d like to share it with you… What do you do when no one is watching?

False praise

I think that it’s completely natural for us to want to help when we see someone who has got particularly low self-esteem. But unfortunately, we don’t realise that our response can sometimes be too short-term to make a difference. If we only praise for praise’s sake their self-esteem will drop even further. They will see…

Lost

You can’t ever be lost if you never know where you are going…

The greatest days

Time goes too quick these days. Even the greatest days of our life pass by. With each passing day we get closer to their ending. They turn to memories, but we can never get them back. It’s a sad thought I know, especially considering I’m really enjoying myself at the minute.

The right thing

I measure myself by my ability to do the right thing. But what is the right thing? There is no metric. It has no measure. The right thing is little more than opinion.

The beauty of language

Language is spontaneous. With few exceptions, we don’t draft and redraft what we want to speak, delivering our sentences just how we have planned. Language is off the cuff. We react to the world around us. We hear the words of someone else and respond to them in the moment. Living in another country, with…

Catalan Independence

I am no expert. But this country is torn. It’s not as simple as “Yes” or “No”. Perhaps it should be, but it’s not. It’s 50-50 in terms of who actually wants independence, but its about 80% who want a legal referendum (one in which the people of Catalonia actually have the right to vote…

Other plans

Life isn’t always the way we want it to be. Life has other plans. It’s the way it is. That’s life.

Back in Barcelona

I’ve been back in Barcelona for the past month, teaching English at a school and staying with the family of a student. I’ve had such a wonderful time. The kids at the school are a joy to work with. They really are. Always full of energy and enthusiasm. Smiles and laughter. I’m still learning their…

Lessons learnt from playing sport

Sport has played an integral part in my life, not only was it something that I enjoyed doing in my free time as a kid, it has also been a means for teaching me important “life lessons”. I grew up happy to try my hand at any sport. Football, rugby, cricket, tennis, swimming, rowing, gymnastics and countless…

Leadership

A leader is not “in charge”, a leader is someone who takes care of those “in their charge” – there’s a difference. Sure we respect someone in a leadership position, but that’s only because we must respect their authority. We don’t necessarily need to agree with, or even particularly like that person.  Too many of our “leaders”…