I will begin to trust you

I wrote this poem after I paused to reflect in mindfulness, to cultivate my ability to trust.  One afternoon, I was getting increasingly frustrated about the extended time one of my children was spending on the computer, in the name of homework and revision.  The conversation began with a casual reminder from me, to shut her laptop down once she … Continue reading I will begin to trust you

Fighting the Demon that Rises during Homework Watch

I sit in silence Duct tape over my mouth An invisible hand resting over my quickening heart Taking deep and deliberate breaths Trying hard to unclench my jaws Releasing my strained temples Softening the gaze of my enlarged eyes Unfurling my pleated brow An observer of procrastination I stop the words that are clamouring up … Continue reading Fighting the Demon that Rises during Homework Watch

Magical Journeys: from Mayhem to Mindfulness

At 8 o’clock in the evening, I can be seen herding my three children up the stairs to their bedroom with enough enthusiasm to match a team of bouncy cheerleaders on the sidelines of a premiership game: “C’mon girls! Let’s Go! Go! Go!” We race up the stairs together—“Last one to the room has to turn off the lights!” Squealing … Continue reading Magical Journeys: from Mayhem to Mindfulness

Room for settling conflict

Enforcing a ceasefire and self-regulated dispute resolution “Staff members are strongly encouraged to first try and solve a dispute through informal channels…Resolving disputes through negotiation, mediation and other alternative means is usually quicker, and often proves to be less stressful and less cumbersome…” A guide to resolving disputes, Administration of Justice in the United Nations … Continue reading Room for settling conflict

There is Power in Absence

A little distance in love can provide a refreshing perspective and personal growth. It was 6:35am. We were having as relaxing breakfast on a weekday morning before the children departed for school. Seated around the dining table, there was lively chatter in anticipation of the day ahead. Then one of the children realised that I … Continue reading There is Power in Absence