Last night I watched a documentary about mapping the universe. What was extraordinary about this story for me was not only the skill and determination of the cosmologists involved to take on such a seemingly overwhelming project, but that they were willing to allow themselves to dream this big. And what I also took away was that, when it comes to this vast, unimaginable scale all that … [Read more...] about The universe is expanding, so live a bigger story…
I learnt a big lesson about pain and suffering this week. Pain - both physical and emotional - is unavoidable in life, because we have a body. Emotional pain - in the form of sadness, grief, fear, anger or a messy combination of all these darker feelings - is damned uncomfortable but it’s actually nothing to be afraid of. If you are prepared to turn towards the pain with great compassion, to … [Read more...] about I hurt, therefore I am telling a story
I’m on a roll now, playing with metaphors like a kid in a candy store. Except “kid in a candy store” is such a cliched metaphor I can’t believe I just wrote it. Today’s game is one you can play at home. What is your metaphor for life? Here are some examples: Life’s a bitch. Life’s a ball. Life is what you make it. Life is an adventure. Life is an uphill struggle. Life is a … [Read more...] about What’s your metaphor for life?
This is a fantastic action montage of one of the most visually stunning moments from the Lord of the Rings trilogy: the lighting of the beacons. I remember sitting in the cinema watching Return of the King with a friend and becoming overwhelmed at the sheer scale and majesty of the sequence - but also the deeper meaning of what I was seeing. In the narrative arc of the film, this represents a … [Read more...] about
I mentioned in last Saturday’s post that if you Google me, the first listing is a link to an article I wrote for the Sunday Express in 2009, which tells the story of how I met my future husband - when I was 50 and he was 29. To celebrate our second wedding anniversary, I’m going to tell you the story behind the story. I was in the office at the Sunday Express, doing that girly thing … [Read more...] about How the story of my love was told, over and over again
Have you Googled yourself recently? If not I advise you to do so. Because whether you like it or not, the ubiquitous search engine is telling a story about you - and it might not be the one you want to tell about yourself. If you’ve got a common name you’ll be able to hide in plain sight but I don’t have that luxury. Not only do I have an unusual name (I’ve yet to find … [Read more...] about What story is Google telling about you?