Friday, August 26, 2016

Conversation at a different level...?

A useful reminder today from Ricky Rohr!

"The word dialectic originally referred to the Greek art of debate. A dialectic (different than our political debates) does not move forward by either/or thinking. It’s when you play the two off of one another and then come to a tertium quid, a third something, what the inner wisdom traditions sometimes call “Third Force.” It is the process of overcoming seeming opposites by uncovering a reconciling third that is bigger than both of the parts and doesn’t exclude either of them. Such truth moves you and the conversation to a different level. "

 Seems to me that there is a lot of talking that goes on without listening in all areas of life, discovering something bigger than the sum of partisan parts seems creative and exciting to me?

Sunday, August 07, 2016

Love is a temporary madness...

Lovely quote shared by the Mother of the Groom yesterday...

"Love is a temporary madness, it erupts like volcanoes and then subsides. And when it subsides you have to make a decision. You have to work out whether your root was so entwined together that it is inconceivable that you should ever part. Because this is what love is. Love is not breathlessness, it is not excitement, it is not the promulgation of promises of eternal passion. that is just being in love, which any fool can do. Love itself is what is left over when being in love has burned away, and this is both an art and a fortunate accident. Those that truly love have roots that grow towards each other underground, and when all the pretty blossoms have fallen from their branches, they find that they are one tree and not two" (Captain Corelli’s Mandolin by Louis de Bernieres)

A perfect link with the quote I shared.

“Often we speak about love as if it is a feeling. But if we wait for a feeling of love before loving, we may never learn to love well. The feeling of love is beautiful and life-giving, but our loving cannot be based in that feeling. To love is to think, speak, and act according to the spiritual knowledge that we are infinitely loved by God and called to make that love visible in this world.’ (Henri Nouwen)

Thursday, August 04, 2016

Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 Memories!

Top Moments (in no particular order)
  • Being surprised by Kate and Eryn together with the Pirie clan as we returned through Kingston - Gordy!
  • The last 50km all the way back from Box Hill - the best cycling I have experienced.
  • Seeing Ashley flying along at our rendezvous at Tower Hill - I'm not stopping!
  • Being cheered on by Adrian and Gill in Dorking
  • Getting to the top of Leith Hill and having someone thank me for getting him up - cheers fella!
  • Phil Wall's monumental fist pumping encouragement with Raynes Park SA
  • Sharing all 100 miles with nephew Adam, including my worst
  • Arriving at the top of Box Hill to be greeted by Neil, Ashley and Mark - chased them down at last
  • Turning into the Mall being cheered through by Juster's, knowing we had made it in time - just!
  • Cycling out through empty London Streets
  • Cyclist banter
  • Getting told off by Adam for being irresponsible going down a roller on A25 - 
Low Moments 
  • Unfortunate accidents and the congestion aftermath
  • 80km-110km - busted
  • Cramp at Newlands Corner
  • The prospect of not getting back in time and getting diverted or swept up
  • Being stood with 1000's of cyclists realising we weren't even half way round
  • Getting annoyed with a woman at the end who refused to let me have some water :)
Loved most of this experience, really grateful to those who supported financially, pleased to say that I raised over £1000 for The Salvation Army.