A Leap of Faith

When two of my sons recently returned on their separate but consecutive trips abroad to see their father, the question that family and friends asked me was, “How do you keep calm?“ The truth is, I knew a time would come when my sons would voluntarily travel to visit their father. I have been bracingContinue reading “A Leap of Faith”

The Cost of Living

Contrary to what I’m sure most people would expect me to be writing about here, I will not be talking about the insanely expensive utility bills that many of us have been floundering in over the last few months or so. My discussion today is more obscure than that. There is another intangible cost ofContinue reading “The Cost of Living”

Running To Stand Still

Today marks the first of those days I have been secretly looking forward to – when I can finally push my ‘back burner’ goals to the forefront of my life. The plan is finally in action, Alhamdulillah. The thing is, all those goals will not be achievable in a short time span. I’m acutely awareContinue reading “Running To Stand Still”

25 Years Without a TV

This is not a call for a pity party. It is not even meant to be a lament. It is simply a statement of fact. I recently succumbed to the purchase of a TV after so many years and yet I had resisted having one for different reasons. The main justification for this decision hasContinue reading “25 Years Without a TV”

A Year On from Snowdon

7 August 2021. An unforgettable day in my life. I accomplished something I had never even dreamt of doing…climbing Mount Snowdon. Exactly one year on and in my mind, I have often returned to that moment when I was descending the mountain with my troupe and suddenly realised the enormity of what I had justContinue reading “A Year On from Snowdon”

Wise Counsel

With a title like that, one would be forgiven for thinking of a few examples of people who would fall into that esteemed category: mother, father, grandparents, teachers, religious figures and perhaps older people generally. However, I want to challenge that preconception and argue that wise counsel might also be found in the places weContinue reading “Wise Counsel”

Positive With Covid

Last week, I ended on the note saying, “Alhamdulillah“. Today, I return and again I start with where I ended. Alhamdulillah. I am in the throes of Covid along with my sons. We have all finally succumbed to this stubborn viral infection and none of us have escaped it this time. So why the gratitude?Continue reading “Positive With Covid”

Boomerang Kids

Last week, my son returned home after his time away at university for three years. I can’t quite believe it’s been that long! It’s good to have him back even though we know the time we have together like this is borrowed time. Whilst I relish the fact that he is back home, I alsoContinue reading “Boomerang Kids”

In My Child’s Eyes

The world I live in today is not the same one my children live in. How is that even possible? I would argue it’s all about perspective. My reasoning is this: I see the world sometimes from my desk at home where I work; I see the world sometimes from my kitchen window when I’mContinue reading “In My Child’s Eyes”