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The speed of life

Life moves imperceptibly slowly when you’re watching closely. And impossibly fast when you look away. This is partly why true suffering seems interminable. Because true suffering demands attention, and the act of paying attention slows things down. Those of us not beset by true suffering in our daily lives can count ourselves fortunate. Not just […]

The first step of personal development

The first step of personal development is a personal values exercise. Go to any decent-sized bookshop (real or virtual) and the shelves of books in the self-help section will be almost endless. There’s incredible value in reading. Books have been my go-to for everything — for learning, for growing, for coping — for as long […]

Two steps forward, one step back

Two steps forward, one step back. We often focus on the one step back as something negative, unsatisfactory. (Or at least that’s the way I used to look at things, always.) The big thing about two steps forward, one step back? It’s a 50% return on investment. And that’s something of which you can be […]

The power of mindset: A double-edged sword

Mindset is the most powerful of forces, but the power of mindset can be used against the most vulnerable amongst us. This is a short blog about the power of mindset, how to recognise when it’s being manipulated, and what to do about it. 1. The power of mindset Mindset works. Mindset propels behaviour. Fixed […]

From €8.99

I went for a buffet lunch last week. The sign on the window read, “From €8.99”. My reaction, 1: “That’s the lowest price, printed in large font as a marketing hook.” My reaction, 2: “Okay, so what’s the price for me?” The €8.99 was for under-16s and over-65s. A €9.99 price was for students and […]

Your beautiful, magical, miraculous uniqueness

No matter who you are, no matter where you’re from, no matter where you’ve been and no matter what you’re going through right now, there is nobody in this world who is just like you. You have a unique set of skills and education and personality traits and life experiences. If you’re 20 years old, […]

Not black or white, but grey

I’ve been working hard to be okay with everything I don’t understand. It seems that every time I think that I have something understood, that some previously unconsidered variable presents itself that blurs the boundaries of the black and white and turns everything grey. A line from Erwin Goodenough, a historian of religion who taught […]

Doing your thing

Everyone’s got their thing. Your thing will be different to my thing, and both will be completely different to someone else’s thing. So many of us don’t know what our thing is. We conform to group identity because we need community and because there’s safety in numbers, but also that group identity makes it a […]

Things break down

There’s a line in the Irish writer Donal Ryan’s novel The Thing About December. Interfered with or left alone, everything eventually turns rotten and dies. It’s a miserable thought. It’s also profoundly true. This post is about running. My relentless self-experimentation since early 2017 has brought me to a stage where not only do I know […]