Go out and play!

How much space do you give yourself to: Feel your emotions; Play and have fun; Imagine, dream, be creative? In Hong Kong people work hard. Success is measured in dollar terms and job status, and people fear losing out. With an emphasis on doing, doing, doing, achieving, the energy is one of pushing, working harder and harder, and there’s an unspoken expec...
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Harmony and balance

Last night I went to the movies to see the Imitation Game, the story of the brilliant British mathematician, Alan Turing, a war hero who cracked the code of the Enigma machine used by the Germans during World War 2 with the result that many, many lives were saved. Considered to be pioneer of modern computers, he was a genius, a complicated man, a mind never at rest, and physically awkward. A homos...
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Friendships

When you look at the different areas of you life – say career, family, finances, personal development, health and well-being, etc….how important would you rate your friendships? On a scale of 1:10? The priority you give to your friendships is perhaps not as significant as how you feel about them. Do you feel nourished, safe within them? Uplifted? Do you enjoy being with your friends? Or, do y...
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Don't be selfish

Last night I was interviewed by Ana Isabel of My Spirit Radio in the UK on her show ‘Mind Matters’. In talking about Polishing the Diamond, Ana asked how to deal with the dilemma of putting our self first when we hold the belief that we must not be selfish, we must be kind and considerate to others. In going on the journey of ‘getting to know you’ - seeing our self more clearly, more ful...
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Say 'no' to bubble poppers; say 'yes' to you!

Once a year I give a week of my professional time to mentoring young women in Phnom Penh who are supported by Harpswell Foundation whose mission is to empower a new generation of women leaders in Cambodia. Focusing on a small number of bright young girls, Harspwell provides the opportunity to receive a university education and leadership training. The girls’ dreams are big, and I just love that...
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Crossing the Line

A few days ago, I met up with a long-time friend from the UK who was passing through Hong Kong. After catching up on family news, we talked about events in Europe, Paris in particular, the attack on the offices of Charlie Hebdo, the satirical magazine, and the role of the media. We talked about freedom of speech, each seeing it as a human right. I then found myself asking about the personal respon...
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Endings and New Beginnings

Spending time at home in Scotland this Christmas I saw the starkness of winter countryside and felt the coldness of winter. Wrapped up in many layers, I enjoyed the crispness in the air. Such a contrast to Hong Kong. Symbolically, winter is seen as a time of death and rebirth, a time of completing a circle. I found myself thinking about the cycles of life, about Mother Nature and how consistent s...
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Such a little thing

A few months ago, I flipped over my flip-flops – don’t ask what I was doing at the time! This could have been funny had it not been that I managed to incur a deep gash to my big toe. I remember wondering whether I needed to see a doctor, the gash was deep; a flap of skin like a coffee-top lid had somehow appeared. I puzzled over how it could be stitched so close to my nail; and I decided to le...
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Acceptance

One of the most challenging aspects of my personal growth work has been acceptance. And, it is what has given me my greatest gifts. Acceptance brings grace. Acceptance of self makes it easier to accept others. Acceptance of all that is brings peace into our heart. On a personal level, how much do you accept yourself…and others? How much do you accept your past? In Polishing The Diamond, I ...
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Value

Acknowledge As Christmas and the end of the year approach, it’s great to take time to acknowledge, appreciate and celebrate what we love about our life and what we’ve created. So…. what you can you acknowledge yourself for over the past year? To what extent did you live in line with your intent, your values, your commitments? Did you achieve your goals, the success you are looking for? How...
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