Viktor Frankel pointed us in the direction of the concept that “human beings are meaning making machines”. One of the peculiar traits of human beings is their capacity to create meaning, to find the narrative that links separate things together. It is one of the evolutionary traits that allow humans to organise themselves into socialContinue reading “Symbiosis”

Finding ways to thrive

We face into a unique time in the history of world. A time that no-one foresaw, that no-one planned or wanted to happen. All parts of our lives have been affected – from how we manage our health; how we interact with friends, family and strangers; how we shop; how we educate our children andContinue reading “Finding ways to thrive”

Islands of Calm – reflections on lockdown

The initial phase of surviving the pandemic threat to health and life itself is not over, yet we begin to face into the next phase as the very real consequences that this will have on the economy and our way of life become evident. I recognise there have been times when I have got lostContinue reading “Islands of Calm – reflections on lockdown”

Hungry for success?

At a cellular level all organisms are aiming to maintain homeostasis. A state of internal balance and harmony with their surroundings. The body exerts energy to return to this state and this is the basis for strategies of resilience and adaptability. From a biological perspective an organism does what it can to survive – ifContinue reading “Hungry for success?”

What happens next?

“The only constant is change” – a well-used cliché, and of course, the reason it sticks around is that there is an element of truth in it. Yet at the same time there is the stuff we get used to, become comfortable with and describe as ‘normal’. As human beings we are hugely resilient andContinue reading “What happens next?”

What happens when ‘better’ needs to stop?

Learning to thrive in complexity My background, was for many years, epitomised by the search for ‘better’. If there was a measurement then I was always really keen to find the way to push a little harder and see what more I could achieve.  This was great in sport – there was always a personalContinue reading “What happens when ‘better’ needs to stop?”

What happens if ‘the fear’ is the best thing about me?

One of the things I have found useful is the exploration of my own sense of fear, not the fear that prevents me doing myself harm but the fear that is a source of my own internal narrative. What I wanted to find out is whether the old stories and the habits they create continueContinue reading “What happens if ‘the fear’ is the best thing about me?”

What happens when you run out of excuses?

“I don’t have the time” has always been a useful excuse for me. I’ve used it all sorts of circumstances and it’s almost a get out of jail free card that isn’t challenged all that often. The lockdown has really exposed how weak it is. I’ve an abundance of time but there are still thingsContinue reading “What happens when you run out of excuses?”

Managing your wellbeing in times of uncertainty

Covid-19 has created a real and existential crisis. The situation is changing daily and it becomes increasingly likely that we will face short, medium and even long-term changes in the way we live our lives. We know from our research into human well-being and resilience that uncertainty can be a major source of anxiety. LuckilyContinue reading “Managing your wellbeing in times of uncertainty”

A human response to Covid-19

The human response to change has been predicted by Kubler-Ross. This response can be seen to minor events such as being stuck in traffic to major incidents and catastrophes. The human mind builds an imagined future built on past experiences that prepares us for what to expect, with these expectations in mind we prepare strategiesContinue reading “A human response to Covid-19”