The Real Life

Rom12.1I am a writer.

I didn’t think I would ever say that about myself. After many years thinking about writing I just started. I now feel compelled to play with ideas and then publish them.

It starts when the spark of an idea just takes hold. Usually in the areas of learning, leadership, innovation and change. Writing is my creative expression.

But what really drives me?

Overlaying all the posts I write, are my foundational values firmly established in my Christian faith. The principles that Jesus taught – love God and love people – compel me to share my ideas. I have been given the ability to communicate, and I want to use it to help people, to change lives and perhaps even make a difference somewhere.

This page ‘The Real Life’ will give you a glimpse of what inspires me from a faith perspective, ideas that have encouraged and challenged me in my everyday, ordinary, walking-around life. I hope it encourages and maybe challenges you.

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Being happy – it’s intrinsic not extrinsic

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Did you know Bhutan measures prosperity by gauging its citizens’ happiness levels, not the GDP?

I have been thinking about ‘being happy’ this week. When stuff is happening in our lives it impacts our happiness and wellbeing – with implications for health, success and relationships.

A couple of days ago I took a long drive to a school to meet with some people. After I had absorbed as much of the radio news as possible, I put on some music and… <cue: thinking time>.

There is some ‘stuff’ for us right now, not major, but requires mental navigation and it sometimes can have an impact on my happiness ledger. So at that time my thought bubble was heading down an unhelpful pathway.

I remembered this idea in the letter that the Apostle Paul wrote to the growing church at Philippi – “I’ve learnt to be content whatever my circumstances”

“I’ve learnt” – personal responsibility for my emotional wellbeing.

Then Paul wrote, “I’m just as happy with little as with much, with much as with little. I’ve found the recipe for being happy whether full or hungry, hands full or hands empty. Whatever I have, wherever I am, I can make it through anything in the One who makes me who I am.”

But I’m not doing this alone, “the One” helps me make it through.

I decided to change my thought-bubble… I may need to work my way through some things, but this doesn’t mean that I’m unhappy The external circumstances will always be around. I choose my internal wellbeing and I choose happy.

I am learning.

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