Giving Out

We use the expression in Ireland, “giving out” – I’m not sure how far it travels. It can mean to tell someone off, to complain, fault-find, or to indulge enthusiastically in expressing one’s dissatisfaction with all and sundry. I have a good friend upon whom I rely for our weekly telephone dose of mutual giving … Continue reading Giving Out

Holding Back

‘But it’s the truth. Isn’t the truth a good thing?’  A friend had asked for my input about a tricky situation, a conflict with someone else that was escalating via electronic messages.  When I told them I thought their response was too much, that it should be pared back, cooled down, they – quite rightly … Continue reading Holding Back

Ambition

Ambition is one of those words that can be wrapped in a subtle film of criticism, thin as Japanese mulberry paper.  It’s not always so, but sometimes, if you listen carefully, there might be a certain tone of voice used when saying, ‘he’s ambitious, that one.’  At times, it comes with an implication of the … Continue reading Ambition

Lukewarm

“I’m passionate about baking, singing, cooking, dancing, sewing, potting.” Insert whatever activity you like according to whatever cook-off or dance-off or bake-off is airing these days, and you can be sure that you’ll hear every contestant tell us they are ‘passionate’.  Which is as it should be; after all, no sane person would put themselves under the spotlight … Continue reading Lukewarm