28 December 2007
I want to hold things lightly, to remember to enjoy what I have, not what I need or want. I want to see the good in situations, and enjoy the moment. I want to learn the art of making the most of life...having fun. I want to become a person who always has something to smile about! :-)
To be faithful
I want to honor the commitments and relationships I already have. I want to stand by my word and what I believe in. I want to learn to remember these things even when I don't feel like it, or the going is tough. I want to become a person who is loyal, reliable & steadfast, not tossed around by the waves & emotions of life.
To be creative
I want to use the ideas and dreams in my head & heart to create things. I want to learn to use my hands to make things look beautiful. I want to feel the fulfillment of seeing the work of my hands. I want to become a person who helps to make this world a beautiful place.
15 November 2007
Found an interesting movie on the power of attitude which kinda helps.
Wheres the line between standing up for what is right,voicing your opinion & trying to help and being an arrogant know-it-all person who is hard to get along with.
Other thoughts...will i ever know?
10 October 2007
25 June 2007
After my brother in February managed to help persuade me to buy some cheap tickets & finally managing to get a date organised & workmates coming, we had been looking forward to this for about 3-4 months! I had played paintball once before in New Zealand & loved it, and the others who were coming had played here in UK and also enjoyed there day. So with high hopes (although an early start & we were going to miss the All Black game) we set off to the Broxbourne Paintball venue. The story could go on longer, but in a few words we ended up leaving before the lunch break because of the disgraceful way we were treated & how the games were played. With cheating from the other team, marshals with hollow warnings, uneven teams, a humiliating apology & fearing for our safety there was no reason to stay & all the more reason to leave to get home to watch the All Black test. So in contrary to the promises on their website I would definitely not recommend this paintball venue, in fact the opposite -- avoid it all costs. Shame on the other team players who are immoral sadists & the weak marshals who couldn't control the crowd. Unfortunately I don't think either of them could read!
21 May 2007
As the seasons have been changing for us, life is beginning to sort itself out, i just hope that the lessons we have learnt will not be forgotten.
7 March 2007
I have a theory that every 7 years a new era dawns…a new season in life starts. I can feel a new season starting for me…and as this season starts…there have been things I have had to say goodbye to.
I have also had to say goodbye to the necklace I have worn for the past 4-5 years. At the beginning of my life as a youth pastor I purchased a cross that I wore, day in & day out. Just this last week it has at last disintegrated & now has become a part of my key ring.
Goodbye to my shoes, goodbye to the country we grew up in, goodbye to many thoughts & ideas, goodbye to the place & community we poured hours & hours of love & work into, goodbye to my cat, and many other things!
We have burnt our bridges, closed a chapter in our lives & are moving on, as we move on up. Change is good, we don’t know what is around the corner, but there’s a sense of anticipation about what the next 7 years may bring.
17 February 2007
There has been a couple of things in the past week that has made me think about this topic.
Firstly, last Friday we were in town & decided to have a look around Harrods. It was shut, so we just browsed the many window displays which were full of musical stuff as that was the theme at the moment. Each window display (there were about 30-40 of them) had many guitars & other technical gadgets that would be easily worth many thousands if not millions of dollars altogether! It was rather spectacular if not ridiculously over the top! On our trip around the block, we bumped into a homeless guy called Mark. Very nice person, talked to us for a bit & then told us he was selling the poems he had written to try to make a bit of money to get to a shelter for 2 weeks. I applauded his effort to do something & use his talents & we ended up buying 2 of his poems. (One of them I have is here in the photo.) He was very thankful & went on his way, about 5 mins later be banged into another guy whose name was
The second thing that made me think of this topic was the movie we watched on Wednesday. It was called “The pursuit of happiness” and about a guy who was struggling to pay the rent, etc. and make ends meet. At times he found himself & his boy homeless & it gave me the feeling of us wandering the streets of both
To wrap these 2 experiences together I am challenged & reminded that when the opportunity presents itself, will I show mercy, help a man in need, give a little grace, maybe some money or something… I never know that maybe that one little thing may be a link in the chain that helps a man out of despair, brings him into belief or shows him that not all mankind is out there to rip you off or take advantage of you. Let’s give a little, lets show a little, lets give people another chance. After all, someone has done it for us!
28 January 2007
From limping around with me after my knee operation, holidays around NZ, youth work & camps, hot trip to Australia, getting lost in Argentina, walking the dusty streets of Paraguay, visiting Iguacu Falls in Brazil, pounding the streets of London doing supply teaching, relaxing in many different places in Ukraine, to wandering the streets in Europe looking for hostels & catching trains or buses!
May they rest in peace, amd all power to the new pair...may they have as much fun & things to see as the last!
16 January 2007
7 January 2007
Anyway my new years resolution is...Everywhere I go to always take the weather with me! (ask me at the end of 07 to see if I kept it!!)