It’s only one syllable, only two letters, yet for many it’s the most difficult word to say. Elton John – you’re wrong; it seems to me that ‘no’ seems to be the hardest word. No – a small word with huge power, power over ourselves and power over others. It is a word that carries with … More Saying No (Saying Yes)
Image: The Revenant Everybody hurts. Not the most original of insights perhaps – especially since you will have heard it sung approximately 3.2 million times by now – but there is a huge difference between knowing and truly knowing, between knowing and understanding within the very core of your being. Never is this disparity more … More Transforming Wounds Into Wisdom
You know what really sucks balls? Getting divorced. Big time. Two years on from the end of my marriage I’ve learned a lot and I’d like to share some of these lessons in the hope that they may help other men – and women – going through the turbulence of a broken marriage. So without … More 11 Things to Expect When Your Marriage Ends
There was a robbery in Rio last night. Ireland’s brilliant world champion Michael Conlon was robbed of a second Olympic medal – and possible gold – by judging that can at best be described as dubious. He described it in rather more direct terms. His lifetime’s ambition, years of hard work, taken from him and … More I Wuz Robbed! (Mugged by Divorce)
Nothing worthwhile in life comes easy. We all know this, yet so often it is the easy path that tempts us, the path of least resistance, the short road to little reward. Greatness is hard, it has to be earned and greatness offers no shortcuts; it requires a daily – no – a moment-by-moment commitment … More Daring to Dream – Ordinary Greatness
“I love you Daddy, you’re the best Daddy in the world.” Life doesn’t get much better than hearing those words. Whatever we wish for in our lives, nothing can mean more than that. As a single parent there is another side of the coin, “I miss you Daddy.” It’s always hard to hear, and I … More How Great Does a ‘Great Dad’ Have to Be?
On visiting one of the many tourist stores that populate Unter den Linden, I find myself leaving not with the usual tourist tat but instead with my own little piece of history in the form of a fragment of the Berlin Wall, the enduring symbol of a divided world and warring ideologies, now broken and … More Ich Bin Eine Berliner – Part 2 of 2
I deserve a holiday and being on my lonesome isn’t going to stop me so it’s me and Jack Jones and off we go. I’m often intrigued by the random and inconsequential things in life and I expect that this little travelogue of mine will be a series of random ramblings which may or may … More Ich Bin Eine Berliner – Part 1 of 2