Browsing tag: Self compassion

Frozen Time

At the age of about 3 or 4 my mother left England returning to Africa with her family because her father, an engineer in the British Army, was stationed in East Africa for the tail end of World War II. The family moved into a very simple dwelling in the Katavi region of what was then Tanganyika (now Tanzania) and there she  enjoyed a carefree childhood for a few years. At the age of 7 my mother’s mother died from cerebral malaria leaving behind 4 children, the youngest only 18 months old. Distraught and at a loss with what to

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Use Your Faults

Did you know that at the age of 16, Pablo Picasso had completed three art works considered to be of academic perfection by the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Madrid. What do you do with your life when you have achieved ‘perfection’ at 16 years of age? And more importantly is perfection possible or in fact necessary? Many years ago I read a biography about the French chanteuse Edith Piaf. One of her famous quotes is, “Use your faults, use your defects; then you’re going to be a star.” Hard as I tried, I didn’t get what she meant

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