On Life and its Meaning

Good News For Behind-The-Scenes People: Your Work is Indispensable

Airport Cleaner

My friend Mick works on the Africa Mercy – a floating hospital ship, helping the poorest people in developing nations. When TV crews visit, they shine the spotlight on the ship’s amazing medical staff. Rarely do they point a camera at Mick’s area of work. It’s – ahem – less than glamorous. But without him, the whole thing would stop… More…

In a Fast Food World, Are We Losing the Art of Sacred Meals?

Dinner Table - by annie-spratt-

When was the last time you had a truly special meal where you left the table changed, uplifted, fulfilled? You came burdened but left lighter (at least emotionally). Your soul was filled, not just your stomach. We need more of these sacred meals. But what is it that makes a meal truly sacred? A few key ingredients come to mind. More…

Seeking Fulfilment Through Your Career? Try This Instead

Work harder sign by Jordan Whitfield

What a gift it is to do work you love. To get paid for using your talents, and contribute to society. And since we spend so much of our lives working, it makes sense to seek a fulfilling career. But have we gotten things unbalanced? When work becomes our primary source of personal fulfilment—it leaves us vulnerable. More…

There’s Not a Lot That’s Stable Right Now. Here’s How to Stay Strong (Video)

stormy sky by Chris Lawton

Almost daily we hear another reason to be alarmed at the state of our world—from war, famine and terror, to our own personal storms. In troubling times like these, some of the world’s greatest leaders have gained strength from one famous speech: the Sermon on the Mount. In this video filmed in Melbourne, I explore its surprising message. More…

The One Question the Dalai Lama Couldn’t Answer. Can You?

The Dalai Lama giving a talk, pic by Bruce Bortin

I once went to hear the Dalai Lama give a public talk. He spoke on the importance of compassion, then took questions from the audience. The last question came from the MC: “Your holiness—what is the meaning of life?” The audience leaned in as he stared at the ground, quietly thinking about his answer… More…

The Real Reason Beauty Leaves Us Breathless

photo by Dan Musat

The human heart craves beauty. It’s why we visit art galleries, gaze at photographs, seek out the window seat, give flowers to the sick. And it’s why I was so deeply overwhelmed one memorable day in the lagoon on Lord Howe Island… Natural beauty restores, refreshes, inspires. Here’s the reason. More…

A Prayer for Disappointed Olympians (and the Rest of Us)

Tired Man by Mic445

Like me and probably like you, my friend Clare Chate watched a lot of the Rio Olympics. Moved by the public failures some of these athletes endured, she wrote this post and prayer—which I’m sure will prove helpful for all us non-athletes too…in fact, anyone who’s had a disappointment or a broken dream. More…

Need More Friendships? Here Are Four Things That Make Them Rich

Photo by Felix Russell-Saw www.frsphoto.co

‘Who can you call in the middle of the night when everything has gone wrong?” When I first heard this question some years ago it shook me to the core. I didn’t have an answer. Even recently, I’ve found myself in need of deeper friendships. So I did some thinking and came up with a few keys to building friendships that really, really count… More…

When Looking in the Mirror Isn’t Pretty

girl looking in a mirror

We’ve all had days we’d rather not see our reflection in life’s big metaphorical mirror. Catching a glimpse of our true selves can sometimes leave us unimpressed. I had one of those moments one day at a ‘driver survivor’ rest stop in Australia. I’d rather not tell you, but I’ve already shared it on BBC Radio 2’s Pause for Thought, so it’s out now—and sharing can be good for the soul… More…

Hate Will Not Have the Final Say. A Note of Hope in a Tragic Week

British MP Jo Cox’s murder yesterday sent the nation into shock, halted the EU referendum campaign, and sparked spontaneous vigils last night. It came just days after another history-making tragedy, the Orlando shooting. The loss of a young wife, mother, politician and humanitarian, applauded by all as a woman of astounding compassion, and those lost or injured in Orlando, can leave us questioning the existence of a good and loving God. Here is the message I shared on BBC Radio 2 this morning. In the end, hate will not have the final say. More…