Really Short Stories: A Clean Sweep

She swept her garden clean, wiping the sweat off her brow. It was hard work, maintaining this place.  Rising before daylight, diligently raking fallen leaves from the ground. When she was done, the courtyard was a pristine clean. Visitors would pause, untold, at the doorway.  Hesitant to drag in mud with their shoes.  One quick … Continue reading Really Short Stories: A Clean Sweep

Walking the Talk

How does one respond to the frequent headlines of violence and mayhem across the world?  While most would respond with anger, frustration, fear and other similar impotent emotions, there are others who may be righteous, or equally violent, albeit in different ways. For those of us with an interest for looking deeper and taking responsibility … Continue reading Walking the Talk

11 Ways to Be Present to Another’s Vulnerability

If you are the kind that needs research to validate what common sense and your heart will tell you easily enough, then you may want to listen to Brene Brown's brilliant TED talk, 'The Power of Vulnerability'.  Her research from hundreds of interviews led her to a breakdown and  she went to her therapist and … Continue reading 11 Ways to Be Present to Another’s Vulnerability

Really Short Stories: “How Can I Help You Today?”

"How can I help you Madam?" he asked politely. "I want a new SIM card. Here is my PAN card." "I also require a completed application form and address proof Madam." "What?! Why didn't you tell me earlier?  Here, take a copy of my driving license!" "We cannot accept this as proof of address!  Government … Continue reading Really Short Stories: “How Can I Help You Today?”

Against the Grain

If your kindness has left you feeling foolish, any generosity has been taken advantage of, or your vulnerability has been used against you, you may wonder what you are doing in this world. You may suspect 'others' are right in their assessment of your 'impractical', 'out-of-touch with reality', 'naive' and 'gullible' nature. Worse of all, … Continue reading Against the Grain

‘You are here’ – mapping your way forward

The seduction of words can blind us to the dangers of the spiritual path.  With profound wisdom being readily available at your fingertips, and every conversation with a 'like-minded' friend on the 'same path' as you - it easy to believe one has realized the truth.  In reality, not everyone is able to translate the … Continue reading ‘You are here’ – mapping your way forward

At peace, here and now.

Not all stories have a neat ending. Not all the loose ends are satisfactorily tied up and a happy conclusion reached. But nevertheless, there are lessons to be learned and moments to be celebrated in the thick midst of the chaotic, often unpredictable events of life. During my many hours outside the dialysis unit of … Continue reading At peace, here and now.