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Creative Work Is An Endurance Sport

I’ve got to tell you, I am having an amazing time right now. I’ve had this idea and the words are positively spilling out of me. You know that feeling where you’re typing slightly faster than you can because you’re afraid that you’ll miss one of the words pouring into your mind from some rich,…continue reading on Medium…
"Don’t believe everything you think."

I Wish My Blackness Didn’t Matter.

I was the second black student ever to attend my school. The first was my sister, five years earlier. I was told that this was important but I couldn’t quite understand why it mattered.  This trend continued throughout my education. I was the second black pupil my piano teacher ever had. The first was my…continue reading on Medium…

Meditation Is Not An Aspirin.

We live in a culture of vitamins vs aspirin. And aspirin is winning. Aspirin is quick, easy, they solve an immediate, urgent problem and have an (almost) immediate effect. Aspirin is great. Vitamins are a little different. Vitamins don’t do anything immediately. The only immediate benefit that exists even in theory, is the gentle buzz…continue reading on Medium…

In These Uncertain Times…

“In these uncertain times, it’s natural to feel a little anxious.” That’s what we’re supposed to say at the moment, right? We’re supposed to say the these are exceptional times, which they are. And that it’s normal to be worried, which it is, and that we should be kind to ourselves, which we should. We’re…continue reading on Medium…

Why Are You Struggling To Meditate?

I know this seems off-topic, but I’ve often wondered how there can be Christians who haven’t read the Bible. I’m not talking about the ability to quote a few verses. I mean read and preferably memorised the entire thing. Genesis to Revelations.  I’m not trying to shame anybody. I just don’t see how you can…continue reading on Medium…

Just Keep Going.

When you start you’ll have all kinds of ideas about what you’re starting. You’ll think you know what you’re doing. You’ll be wrong, but you’ll have no way of knowing that yet. Nothing is ever what you first imagine it’s going to be because, as it turns out, you’re really bad at predicting the future….continue reading on Medium…