Show Up: Plumber’s block

Plumbers don’t get plumber’s block. A plumber doesn’t show up at your house where you have blocked drainage problems and he arrives and says “oooh my, I don’t know, I’m really stuck, I’m not sure, do you perhaps have whiskey, that will help me think?” No, there is no such a thing as plumbler’s block.…

Subtlety…

I have been thinking about the word subtle and the power of it. The subtle truths, subtle lies. The subtle way things change and then one day we wake up and everything we thought we knew, gone. Just like that. No more father. No more job. No more summer. It seems as if it is always all…

Show Up: Slowly and everyday

Why do we get stuck? Writer's block was 'invented' in the 1940s. Before that, not only wasn't there a word for it, it hardly existed. The reason: writing was not a high stakes venture. Writing was a hobby, it was something you did in your spare time, without expecting a big advance or a spot…

Show Up: Kind of Blue

At 2:30 on March 2, 1959, the 32-year-old trumpet player and bandleader Miles Davis took six sidemen [Julian "Cannonball" Adderley – alto saxophone, John Coltrane – tenor saxophone, Bill Evans – piano, Wynton Kelly – double bass, Paul Chambers – double bass, and Jimmy Cobb – drums] into a New York City studio, where they spent the afternoon and early evening recording three songs. On…

If not now, when?

Care a little more. Show up. Embrace possibility. Tell the truth. Go deeper. Volunteer. Seek the truth behind the story. Ask the difficult question. Lend a hand. Do something ridicolously remarkable. Play the long game. Say 'no' to hate. Look for opportunities, especially when it seems like there are not any left. Risk a bigger dream.…

Owning up…

It is easy to say you have character when things are going very well... The true test of character, is how you behave when the chips are down. When you are losing, it is tempting to point fingers at anyone and everyone else, except you. When you see someone taking responsibility instead of blaming others,…

Sawubona: You are unique

The industrial system demands that we fit in, follow instructions, do as we are told, and be safe. But at the same time, we want to be treated as individuals, unique and special. We want to be seen, we want to be understood, we want to be treated with respect and dignity but the system…

Sawubona: I see you, I respect you

Inherent in this traditional greeting is the sense that when you stand before me, when you recognise me and acknowledge me, you have brought me into being. In part, this perspective springs from a culture that recognises our relationships with others. Ubuntu, a person is a person because of others. To “see” each other is…

Humility By Design: Descend in order to ascend

“I don't want a grown-up person at all. A grownup won't listen to me; he won't learn. He will try to do things his own way and not mine. So I have to have a child. I want a good sensible loving child, one to whom I can tell all my most precious candy-making secrets-while…