Respect for Diversity

Is there anyone who can say, with hand on heart, that they are not in awe of – or at the very least inspired by – the amazing diversity of scenery, climate, trees, plants, animals, fish and even insects that we are so privileged to be surrounded by on this beautiful planet of ours?

I have yet to come across such a person!

Why is it, then, that so many humans struggle to come to terms with the issue of diversity within our own species?

“It is not our differences that divide us.

It is our inability to recognise, accept and celebrate those differences.”

– Audre Lord

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Wings of Hope

This Blog, as I trust loyal readers will know, is for people who want to live their best lives. It aims to inspire and to offer new insights on life, living with purpose and experiencing peace and joy.

Recent events, highlighted by – but certainly not limited to – the despicable terrorist attacks in Paris, may easily cause even the most ardent lover of life to reflect on civilisation and whether we really are evolving away from control, hatred, intolerance and brute force, towards living together in peace and harmony with kindness, gentleness and respect.

On the 13th November, the day of the deadly attacks in Paris and Baghdad and a day after the dreadful suicide bombings in Beirut, Wikipedia noted that 289 terrorist attacks had already been recorded in 2015. That’s not far off an average of one murderous incident every single day.

Tune into the news media regularly and you could be forgiven for sinking into a state of complete despair about the state of our world.

Yet, ironically, for those who can see through the desperation of those who would drag us back into the dark ages and see past the manipulation of the all pervasive media, this is a time of tumultuous change, positive transformation, rising consciousness and real hope for a far better future.

“The wings of hope carry us, soaring high above the driving winds of life.”

– Ana Jacob

 

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The Gift of Free Will

Those of you who have read my book will remember the important point that I made early on in Part One:

“If free will is the ultimate gift to enable self development and growth, then an open mind is the ultimate tool to unlock the treasure chest in which that gift is hidden.”

With free will and an open mind you have the vital ingredients required to live the life you love.

Let’s explore these concepts – and why I say this – in more detail.

“What people have the capacity to choose, they have the ability to change.”

― Madeleine Albright

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Dealing with Difficult People

One thing I love about the life coaching industry is how it is filled with people who are passionate about improving their own lives and those of others. The great majority of people I interact with are authentic, friendly and accommodating.

Nonetheless, even in this wonderful business, one comes up against ‘difficult’ people from time to time – and in many businesses and walks of life dealing with ‘difficult people’ can seem like more the rule than the exception.

“Think of difficult people as your teacher, not your enemy.”

– Unknown

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A Question of Balance

There’s one simple yet important principle that is always at the heart of effective life coaching … we are all unique.

Yet, despite this uniqueness, we all strive (either consciously or subconsciously) for one thing… balance.

Put these two concepts together and it follows that each of us has our own unique definition of balance.

“The best and safest thing is to keep a balance in your life, acknowledge the great powers around us and in us. If you can do that, and live that way, you are really a wise man.”

– Euripides
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