Who is My Neighbour

Yesterday at church, I heard sermon on the Good Samaritan.

For those who don’t know, the Good Samaritan is a proverb told by Jesus Christ to a know- it-all teacher of the law who asks Jesus a couple of questions, the latter being, “who is my neighbour?” To which Jesus replied:

 “There was once a man who was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho when robbers attacked him, stripped him, and beat him up, leaving him half dead. It so happened that a priest was going down that road; but when he saw the man, he walked on by on the other side.  In the same way a Levite also came there, went over and looked at the man, and then walked on by on the other side. But a Samaritan who was travelling that way came upon the man, and when he saw him, his heart was filled with pity. He went over to him, poured oil and wine on his wounds and bandaged them; then he put the man on his own animal and took him to an inn, where he took care of him. The next day he took out two silver coins and gave them to the innkeeper. ‘Take care of him,’ he told the innkeeper, ‘and when I come back this way, I will pay you whatever else you spend on him.’”

And Jesus concluded, “In your opinion, which one of these three acted like a neighbour toward the man attacked by the robbers?” The teacher of the Law answered, “The one who was kind to him.”  Jesus replied, “You go, then, and do the same.”

We are living in extremely troubling times in which leadership and humanity is failing us in a dire way.  I don’t know about you but I’m confused, angry, bewildered but most of all at a loss. At a loss for what the practical solution is to the mess the world is in. I’ve been grappling with this feeling for a while but most especially this weekend after the spate of killings in America.

With a thought ladened mind, I heard the preacher say, “there is no point to religious practices if it supersedes mercy or kindness”.

There are many of us who profess to be people of faith. This passage was written for the benefit of followers of Christ but I believe that there is a lesson for us all to learn. Now is the time, more than ever for us to rise up and show kindness to the suffering people of this world. We can’t sit by idly watching so much pain take place in the world. Sadly the one thing we do not have is a lack of issues to solve. Hunger, homelessness, racism, inequality, discrimination of all sorts, poverty, cancer, alzheimers, child brides, war crimes, rape, domestic violence, sexism, education, water sanitation, malaria, misogyny – where do I stop? There isn’t a shortage of problems. What we have is a shortage of people doing the right thing.

So here are 10 practical things we can all do.

  1. Be kind to others.
  2. Listen to one another, even when your view points are different.
  3. Write to your MP about it.
  4. Stand up for those who don’t have a voice.
  5. Give financially to a cause that helps to alleviate pain in this world.
  6. Volunteer your time to one of these causes. You can’t do it all, but you can do something.
  7. Educate yourself on the ills going on in this world.
  8. Explore if you have a direct solution to a problem.
  9. Sign up to https://www.change.org  and be a part change taking place around the world.
  10. Be present in this generation. Don’t sit down and do nothing.

 

Never Stop Exploring

Last year, my family and I went on holiday to Spain. We were in Barcelona and wanted to take a cable car from Parc de Montjuïc; to be more precise Montjuïc Hill. I was pretty excited about it. As we came out if the station I saw this man with a Northface fleece that read, “Never Stop Exploring”. I wrote it down.

As adults we tend to lose our curiosity and sense of wonder as responsibilities increase. Curiosity is the reason children kill you with incessant why’s. Without that thirst we live placid lives.

Curiosity is the beginning of the learning. And learning always excites. Curiosity is why we travel miles away from home to see the world. It opens up so many options. Learning a new language or skill, meeting new people, starting a business, inventing a product – curiosity leads to endless possibilities.

Resist the urge to quell your curiosity. Never stop exploring life.

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-RWW

Thought of the Day

Millions of people around the globe have lost their homes and valuables due to war, natural disasters, bankruptcy, etc. 

Funny how we rarely hear that they miss their car, clothes or TV. It’s a good night’s sleep, food, photographs and memories that is often mentioned.

Spring is an opportunity to declutter and lose all those unnecessary things we hold on to. Are there clothes you can hand down to someone else or give to charity? How about all that paperwork? Do your kids really need all those toys? Are we hoarding too much? Just a thought.

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My First Review

I’ve been running my Vision Board workshops for just under three months now and it’s been tough yet fulfilling.

I guess starting any new venture can be a hard slug and there are times when you wonder if it’s worth it; especially when it seems you are getting no where really fast. Yes, I’m a tad impatient. 😊😊

I do always find it quite fortuitous that whenever I have those moments,  someone sends me a review or a note to say how this workshop has been instrumental in shaping their life. That is simply humbling, encouraging, amazing and all those sort of words you could think of. 😆😆😆

Yesterday, I woke up to a review by a blogger who attended the very first workshop; the one I fondly refer to as the just-do-it-afraid-workshop. Such moments are a signpost for me and motivate me to work even harder. It’s even more special because it was unsolicited and unexpected. I just love that people’s lives are changing and I’m a part of that story. 🙌🙌🙌🙏🙏🙏

Here’s the review by What Mummy Wore. A little different but wonderful all the same. Enjoy!

Do Something New

My children are avid readers. Sports seems to be getting in the way for my son but generally they immerse themselves in books which I love – it keeps them quiet. LOL

Two Christmases ago, I watched the movie Esio Trot which is an adaptation of the book written by Roald Dahl and also Tortoise written backwards my children informed me. And I realised that I’d never read a Roald Dahl book in my life. Can you believe that? It’s like what planet have I been on?

I wonder why I never came across him as I child? I was an Enid Blyton fan, up to my teens actually. I’m not ashamed to admit it but for some reason I don’t recall being introduced to Roald Dahl. Then again, I had very little interest in reading so maybe I just ignored it. Can’t remember but I digress.

My children inherited a collection of Roald Dahl books which my kids love from my nephew so I’ve constantly coming into contact with them. My son really loves his books, particularly The  BFG  which he has read like ten times and still counting and which for some reason I keep calling The Notorious BIG but that’s totally lost on him.

So this Christmas just gone by, Esio Trot was on TV again and I thought, “why live in constant regret about this when you can do something about it. Get one of them and start reading”. And so I did. One of my favourite quotes is

No one can go back and change a bad beginning, but anyone can start now and create a successful ending.

-Maria Robinson

Truth be told, sometimes, it’s too late to do some things, but reading, learning a new skill, re training, going back to school – that we can do. Who cares that a 40 year old is reading a book for children? It’s a classic.

I started with Matilda and unashamedly, I took it everywhere; on the bus, train and car. It gripped me from the opening page and held my gaze till the very end. Loved it. (Could I say love any more times ????)

Now I’m on Willy Wonker and the Chocolate Factory which I am loving too.

I’m looking forward to reading the whole lot – at least the collection we have. What a wonderfully amazing writer and such a great legacy to leave to the world.

What new thing are you going to do this year?

 

-RWW

What is a Vision Board?

Ever since I decided to run a Vision Board Workshop, I’ve been asked the question, “what is a vision board” several times.

Simply put, it’s a mood board for your life  or a pictorial representation of your goals.

The reason most people don’t like New Year’s resolutions is because they end the year not achieving what they set out to do and that brings them down. One of the reason why we don’t achieve what we set out to do, is simply that life happens and we forget how important the goals are in the first place. In the face of competing priorities, the most urgent thing always wins.

A Vision Board, placed where you can see it daily, serves as that daily reminder to spur you on in spite of the competing priorities.

Don’t wait until 2016 to start thinking about what you’d like to accomplish with the year. Come along to this workshop and you’ll have the space to crystallise your dream and gain clarity on your aspirations, whatever they may be.

Early Bird offer extended till the 27th of November 2015.
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A Promise is a Promise is a Promise is a ……

All weekend my daughter had been begging me to take her to the park. No one else was interested in an outdoorsy weekend but she kept asking. Not being of sound mind at the time, I promised to take her. I’m not sure what I was thinking either because any wise parent knows you never never NEVER promise a child anything. Not EVER!  

With her license to kill me with incessant “mummy when are we going to the park?”, I finally gave in at 4.30 today when most people were leaving the park and it was getting dark.

  

 She took rollerblading lessons a couple of years ago and she’s determined to pick it up again. So once we got back from church about noon, she voluntarily packed her bag and shin pads and bounded down the stairs expectantly. Little did she know it would almost four hours later before we did anything. 

As we left my husband looked at the time and gave me that looked that said at this time? I said, “I promised”. So off to the park we went. 

   

 

Thanks to her, I got to see lovely autumnal scenes at  Jesus Green as well as privilege of being able to make my little Wonder Woman happy.

 

Stylist Live Review

Yesterday, my sister and I attended the girl-fest that was Stylist live. I can only describe it as a celebration of womanhood in all her diverse forms. Starting on the 15th of October and ending yesterday, it was four days of fashion, learnng, inspirational talks, food, beauty, exhibitors, books …….. amidst a sea of women.

  

If you live or work in London, Stylist magazine should be familiar to you. If not, where have you been??????  I remember taking detours just to get a copy from the station when I lived in London.  Stylist knows their readership well – women who work but also want to nurture a passion and possibly grow that passion into a business. And I guess this was the motive for launching Stylist Live  – everything you would get in their magazine , but in real life.

So naturally, you know before you get there you are going to get fab products, a foodie area, fashion and how-to sessions. If you’ve been following my blog, you’ll know the how-to-sessions were my motivation for signing up – aptly called the Learning Labs. And lastly, for a little fee, you could attend a session on the Stylist Inspires Stage, to hear speakers such as Lorraine Pascale, Davina McCall, Caitlin Moran, Nigella Lawson and Katie Piper. And did I mention I won the tickets in a competition? Whoop whoop! 🙂

My first stop was the catwalk. I’d never been to one before so it was great to have front row seats to view the autumn winter tends. I’m a bit sceptical about the return of the 80s trend is but you’ll be glad to hear that there are no shoulder pads, although sequins are going to be very much alive.
   

The Learning Lab I attended was by The Cambridge Satchel Company founder, Julie Deane OBE on How to Start a Fashion Business. An amazing and quietly inspirational bold woman who started a million pound company from her kitchen table. Her talk was probably the best business seminar I’ve ever attended purely for her refreshingly simple and honest approach. It wasn’t filled with platitudes and business cliches. It was from a view point of how to start small, create a brand and keep it simple. Utterly inspirational.

   

Sadly, I wasn’t able to get into the Learning Lab on How to Write your First Novel as it was over subscribed. A bit gutting but the plus side is that I got to spend more time with my sister. 

 

I’m on the left in case you are wondering. 😉

Our final session of the day was at the Stylist Inspires Stage with Katie Piper, who survived rape and a viscous acid attack in 2008. I sort of approached her session from an I-already-know-your-story point of view and was hoping it would be inspiring. However, nothing could have prepared me for the depth of suffering this woman endured, overcame and lived through. She epitomised the strength of the human spirit. Her session was challenging , very challenging just because it confronted you with the insatiable search for the superficial or ephemeral vs what is truly lasting. My take home quote from her session was, 

Humans can survive three weeks without food, three days without water, three minutes without oxygen but we cannot survive without hope.

It’s rare to attend an inspirational talk where people aren’t clamouring over the mic to ask questions. There were only two questions from an audience of over 200 women. I think it was because -perhaps – when you meet a genuine article, words are few. It was simply prudent to listen. 

 

As an inaugural event, it accomplished it’s goal –  to inspire women. If I’m honest, because I’d seen a few moans on social media I was better prepared for what to expect. There were definitely a few teething problems which I’m sure the organisers will take on board. However, I would go again next year and take my daughter with me.

A huge well done to the team at Stylist magazine and thank you again for the tickets!

An Extraordinary Adventure

When I created my Vision Board at the start of the year, I encouraged my children to make one as well. My daughter placed at the very top of hers, ‘an extraordinary adventure’.

We are not yet sure what that means but it involves travelling and outdoorsy stuff from what I’ve gleaned so far. To date we’ve only got as far as Chessington and going on a roller coaster. 

Today they have been driving me up the wall in the house so I chased them out to the garden with a ball my son won at a fair yesterday.

After about ten minutes, my daughter runs back into the house because she saw a fly.

Really?????? She’s not going to get very far is she if flies stop her from having fun. *deadpan face*  So much for an extraordinary adventure *side eye*.

I chased her back outside of course. No fly is going to get in the way of my peace.