When do as you’d be done by means doing as you wouldn’t be done by (spoiler: it’s hard)

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So yesterday I had to make a phone call and speak to someone who’s just lost her husband. The toughest thing for me about it? I had to do to her something I’d absolutely hate if I were in her … Continue reading

How about doing it now?

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I’ve never thought of myself as a perfectionist, but… The past couple of weeks or so, I’ve come to realise: I have this thing about putting things off, waiting for the perfect moment – some things, not everything obviously, just … Continue reading

Learning to keep praise at arm’s length

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It is so very tempting to accept other people’s praise and absorb it as though their opinion matters, but then what happens when they don’t like what you’re doing, when they don’t approve, when they throw brickbats rather than bouquets? I can’t afford to take other … Continue reading