To be heard

When moderation is surrendered in protest against control or oppression, vulgarity seems like the only reasonable way to be heard. Rather than focus on the need to be heard, we should consider why our voice may have been lost to the noise around us. Adding to that noise further erodes rational thought and expression, creating…

Never stop chasing

The thing about chasing dreams, is that it’s our dreams. As obvious as that seems, we rarely recognise that no one else will ever have a view of our dreams the way that we have it even if we describe it to them in detail. They will visualise it within the context of their lives…

Judging is easy

Judging each other only becomes easy when we assume that we are above the behaviour that were judging. When we receive the benefit of the doubt from others, we assume that we deserve it, rather than it being a result of their generosity of spirit. When we’re misunderstood, we may be inclined towards accusing others…

Fear breeds sadness

Fear creates more sadness than heartbreak ever will. Fear keeps us anchored in a moment that has long since passed. Fear convinces us that we need to be protected from what we previously experienced, while distracting us from the wisdom and strength that we gained from that experience. Fear prompts us to look for signs…

Fearfully hopeful

Patience is only patience when it is the foundation of hope. Not when it is the pacifier of fear. Hope is the currency of growth, whereas fear is what breeds decay. To patiently await the decay of what we hold dear is not patience, it is surrender. To hope, despite the apparent futility that stares…

Trading off the best of me

If kindness and compassion are a reflection of who we are, there can be no prerequisite for anyone to have to deserve it, or to earn it from us. How we express it towards them may take different forms, including tough love. But it is our intention behind that tough love, and how we follow…