The Right Tools for the Job

Don’t you just love toolboxes? All those compartments and trays to keep your tools ready for action? And can you find the right tool for the job when you need it?

At the last count, I have at least five toolboxes: three containing art materials all sorted and ready for action, but the two with screwdrivers and other d.i.y tools – that’s something else. On one occasion I had to go out and buy another hammer mid-job because mine was hiding somewhere.

Grey toolbox with red tray, and tools for jobs round the house

Toolbox for jobs round the house

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What do mushrooms have to do with anything?

Mushrooms grow successfully in all sorts of unlikely places. What is your association with them?

Dark cellars? half way up a tree? lurking in the undergrowth? Some are safe to eat, some are poisonous.

If you don’t look in the right place, you might miss them, like these… Continue reading

The end is the beginning – final transition

“The end is where we start from…” (T.S.Elliot)

We have reached the third and final stage of transitions…after looking at endings, the muddle in the middle, and finally we can start to make a new beginning.

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A badge of honour – or denial?

The Mail on line recently published disturbing information* highlighting the serious effects and costs stress is having on businesses, the health service, and individuals and families. This is not really new, but why does nothing seem to change?


In some settings I am told, if you admit to stress you are quickly shown the door. Continue reading

Birdsong and Bluebells – unwind in the woods

Walking through the local woods on a spring morning is a great way to unwind.

Bluebells in bloom

Bluebells in bloom

The birds are singing at full volume;

the hillside beneath the trees is carpeted with bluebells;

the new green leaves light up when the sun shines through them.

The exercise, enjoyable sounds and surroundings all help to let go of stress.

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Be still, step out

“A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.”
Lao-tzu, The Way of Lao-tzu
Chinese philosopher (604 BC – 531 BC)

Apparently, “Lao Tzu regarded action as something that arises naturally from stillness”, so “even the longest journey must begin where you stand.” *

Nowadays, we rush around, busy, busy, busy, with a mindset that this is normal.

How often do we allow ourselves to be still?

reflections on a lily pond

Reflections on a lily pond

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Are you in or out of your mind?

Are you in or out of your mind? Yes, it’s a secret isn’t it!

Have you been watching the Channel 4 tv programmes this week on work and mental illness?

The legal aspects of employment and mental illness are beyond my remit, but other questions remain.

Why do people with mental health problems feel they need to keep it a secret? Continue reading