Language, listening, loving, living and learning: strong stand alone words which hold equal measure of challenge and opportunity; and words which have woven together to form the main threads of my 2014 tapestry....

In the past couple of weeks, I have been exposed to two small things, but two small things that made a big impact on me. The first was a small person and the second was (what may be referred to by movie critics as) a...

I have just returned from Francistown in Botswana where I conducted mutual gains negotiation training for union and management negotiators of a large mine. It is a course I have trained in many different countries on a number of continents, yet peoples’ traditional approaches to...

Being the time of the year that it is, it seems appropriate to think a little bit about gifts. I’m thinking not so much about the giving of gifts to others but rather the gifts we are given and how we deal with them. Do...

As I wrote in my previous blog, I recently walked on the Camino de Santiago in Spain. Of the 450 kms I walked on a route called the Via de la Plata, more than half were on the same paths I had walked the previous...

On my second day of walking on the Camino de Santiago, an ancient pilgrim path to Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela in north west Spain, I had some real challenges with my backpack which was very full. The issue was not so much about the...

In a previous piece called ‘Acclimatising for Life’, I talked about a book that I had read recently about a mountain climbing cyclist[1] and I said there were two things that struck me about his description of the process of summiting Denali....

I recently read a book about an adventurer, a Scot by the name of Mark Beaumont, who rides from Anchorage in Alaska to Terre del Fuego in Argentina which is a cycle of just over 18,000 miles. What makes an already interesting journey more fascinating...

As part of a “let’s do a fun thing every day of the Easter weekend”, my partner and I decided to do a walk on Easter Monday. The process started with getting our walking poles ready and me packing my backpack with books, shoes and...