Monthly Archives: August 2018


What would you give up to reach your goals?

As I sit here, listening to a CD of young musicians playing Mozart, my mind turns to tomorrow and the day I will spend with eight other professionals, assessing who of the 16 young hopeful musicians will go through to the finals of The Young Belgian Talent, classical music competition. Then my mind turns to a recent conversation about goals, dedication and sacrifice to achieve one’s dream. There can be no doubt of the number of hours a classical musician must invest learning their craft and then the even greater amount, as their future unfolds. Hundreds of days a year [...]

2018-08-31T14:48:27+00:000 Comments

The effect we have on others

There’s a big ship leaving harbour, as she sails out into the sunset, sea birds follow in her wake, ducking and diving behind her. When I look back on my life so far, I think of the things I have done, the things I have said or written and indeed, the things I should have said and written. I think of situations, moments in time, scattered along my life, like ports of harbour along the way.  But rarely do I reflect on the wake I made and the effect it must have had on others. I believe each of us [...]

2018-08-24T09:18:59+00:000 Comments

Blind belief

I don’t know about you, but when I become involved in an argument I can sometimes exaggerate the defence of my beliefs to the point of looking foolish.  I was watching a documentary on what motivates some women to continue to support Donald Trump when, in all other circumstances, had the same sexual harassment allegations been made about almost anyone else, they would be surely have not dismissed them as ‘locker room banter’, in the way they do for him. Don’t get me wrong, this article is not about the current president of the USA but about why we are [...]

2018-08-15T08:20:41+00:000 Comments

Life is like a joke

Let me begin by telling you a joke. A man goes to the vet and says “doctor, doctor my dog has no nose.” “How does he smell?” “Awful!” (Sorry about that but stick with me on this).  Life is like a joke because: It attracts our attention ‘A man goes to the vet.’ We feel sympathy for the man, obviously something is wrong. It introduces us to new and surprising things: “the dog has no nose.” Just like the vet, we want to know more “How does he smell?” This is a perfectly good and rational question, just what we [...]

2018-08-07T12:42:43+00:000 Comments