Make the link

Without making the link between the past and the present, lives will never change and the help we get will have little to no impact.

When we leave the past behind without understanding and then move on, history unfortunately has a point of repeating itself, because nothing changes and as a result we fail to understand …

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31 Dec, 2014

A leopard can change

As a small child, my mum used to tell me that a leopard can’t change its spots and I grew up believing it until I became the adult. I don’t believe it’s true. I believe people can and do change.

Whilst it’s true we work from well-established patterns, it’s not true that we can’t tweak, modify or alter aspects of those patterns. We absolutely can. If we continually unconsciously choose to …

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29 Dec, 2014

Black, white & grey

I have never understood why or how all of my thinking is in black and white terms, but have come to learn that many individuals with developmental disability think this way. It’s how we cope.

Sadly, that means my life is based around rules and feels uncomfortable when I’m faced with scenarios that aren’t black and white, but grey. I have never been fully aware of why I work a certain way …

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26 Dec, 2014

Thoughts around Christmas

We’re coming up to that time of year again when we begin to reflect on our lives, what we’ve done and what we haven’t. What we wanted to do but never got round to, what we failed to do because of confidence issues, missed opportunities and living with regret.

Perhaps, therefore we should now reflect and use 2015 as a turning point. It doesn’t have to be anything big, but something that will allow us to change the way we perceive our lives, so that we …

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24 Dec, 2014

Acceptance of others

How many of us are the embodiment of acceptance when it comes to accepting other people? Perhaps our lack of tolerance comes from unconsciously expecting others to fall into line through our own expectations of them.

I never judge and know that having Cerebral Palsy has made me more accepting of other people, because I see other people’s struggle through my own. So how do we go about changing things …

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22 Dec, 2014