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Lessons from combat

Sebastian Junger, journalist and military combat analyst says that strong “military unit cohesion has proven to be a buffer for psychological struggles”.  Also, he reports that wartime trauma is diminished when soldiers feel a greater sense of control. For example, … Continue reading

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A Bob Dylan Mother Teresa sandwich

“If you ain’t where you are you’re nowhere.” It’s a line I recall from a Rolling Stone interview with Dylan. 30 years later it’s a warning I am still learning to heed.  I think many men, me included, can fail … Continue reading

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Revisionist me

“Don’t wanna learn from nobody what I gotta unlearn” Bob Dylan’s line from the album “Slow Train Coming” resonated with the young me. It challenged me think critically before taking on ideas and practices and to show some care as to what … Continue reading

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Fragile exuberance of the newly converted

We tend to overemphasise the importance of that which we have just learnt. It’s a good thing too. The exuberance gives a chance for the lesson to work its way deep enough into our being to not be lost. So … Continue reading

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Capacity

A friend has six kids. He and I joke that the perfect number of children is ‘one less’. All it takes is for one to be on camp and everything feels so easy. I suspect if it were 10 kids, … Continue reading

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A road trip

When Bilbo Baggins is called by Gandalf out of his safe, cosy hollow he finds that wrapped up in the danger, insecurity and unknowing is a life of purpose, adventure and love. When Jesus walked the earth he kept calling … Continue reading

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Authenticity 

Is authenticity scalable?

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