Touching my pain

Whoa! This is strong today.I can trace the outline of what I sense is the shape of my pelvis deep into the muscle tissue. There is a sharp angle here… it feels like a curve there… as if my pain is illuminating the outline of the bone in the same way streetlights...

Autumn leaves

‘It took so long to get in, we just turned around in the end and left’… commented a colleague on a failed trip to Westonbirt last weekend. ‘Well, they are on restricted numbers, so my bookings will probably shrink likewise’… commented a local landlord on visiting...

Too much chocolate?

I was left feeling listless, flat and hopeless as I switched off the radio news bulletin. Phrases from the broadcast replayed in my mind: second spike… hospital cases rising… more lockdown measures… and Brexit! Just typing these words causes my brow to furrow and my...

The sound of silence

My run this morning reminded me of lockdown, not a single car in sight, silence pervading.As I set off, I became aware of a small number of birds singing. Not as many as in spring, but I was drawn to their cheeps and chirps, a nice distraction from my left leg...

What do I need in this moment?

Waking up in the mornings now, I am greeted with darkness on the other side of the curtains.My normal routine would see me pulling on a pair of trainers and heading out of the door for a short run, but this morning I just felt a bit different. Difficult to put my...

Stripped bare!

‘Well that’s not right’, I turned my head to take in again the view across the field through the hedgerow. ‘Wow! ‘Stripped bare, only yesterday the same field had 8-foot-high maize covering every foot of it, now completely gone.Quickly my mind began its logical...

Junk mail of the mind.

‘I bet they won’t have corrected the bill and I will have to spend another 30 minutes on the phone chasing them up!’… ‘If the warranty isn’t worth the paper it is written on, who will pay for the repair?’… ‘I think the brown spots on the leaves might be a sign of...

Central heating in September!

What a bizarre concept, I don’t ever recall putting my heating on in September.‘Mmm… feeling a bit nippy in here… let’s put some extra layers on’, are my thoughts as I prepare myself for a series on online evening meetings. It has been a chilly day, where the...

How stressed am I?

The nut is tightened, another rotation of the spanner, another day has passed.Recently a client asked me, how do you know how stressed you are?Each day, with each rotation, the nut tightens a little more. In my mind an image of a ratchet spanner, working slowly back...

Squirrels and Pigeons Social Distancing!

Tired, still yawning, the air temperature feeling a little chilly. ‘Winter is on its way’ was a fleeting thought, as I set out on my morning run. A sense of routine, perhaps duty was present. A movement out of the corner of my eye caught my attention. Up high on the...