Entries by shanebreslin

Two questions about role models

Something interesting happened in Irish sport at the weekend. Sam Bennett, the sprint specialist pro cyclist, won the Green jersey at the Tour de France, capping off his sensational performance over the past three weeks by winning the iconic final stage on the Champs-Élysées. Bennett became the first Irish winner of the Green jersey — […]

You are not alone

You’re not alone, and you’re never alone. You might feel alone, isolated, removed from other people. That was true for many for several years as part of the increased digitalisation of life, where we are more “connected” than ever before, yet at the same time more disconnected from those with whom we share time and […]

Learning to eye-smile

It’s a new skill of human interaction: the eye-smile. Now we walk around in masks — most of us, much of the time. With our faces covered, we find that the irreducible beauty of a smiling face is lost. Add to it that for many people, beset by fears of illness and economic problems and […]

The human condition: an everyday challenge

There is an everyday challenge. The screenwriter and novelist Steven Pressfield, in his guide for a creative life,  The War of Art, calls it Resistance, with a capital ‘R’, and Resistance rises every day. Fear doesn’t go away. The warrior and the artist live by the same code of necessity, which dictates that the battle […]