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. Advertisements

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”…

Accountability

We are responsible for our actions from the moment that we act, not from the moment that we are caught. We must be held accountable for our failings. Sure, we can take pride in our successes but we must also distribute praise to those who have helped us along the way. Whilst we have a duty…

Grapes of Wrath

Just thought I’d share a sentence that really resonated with me upon reading John Steinbeck’s Grapes of Wrath recently. It’s message is still something that I’m trying to take on board. “Yes, you should talk. Sometimes a sad man can talk the sadness right out through his mouth.” What do you think?

Instant gratification

We live in a world obsessed with instant gratification. Whatever we want, we want it now. Not tomorrow and most certainly not next week. We expect free next day delivery with any purchases made online. We no longer need to wait to watch TV series week-to-week, we can just save up and binge whenever we…

Nobody’s perfect

Nobody’s perfect, but I used to think that everybody else was. I had a very distorted view of the world…