When our children were babies, I didn’t often have time to read. So I kept myself afloat with snippets of poetry. Through those often lonely, early morning feeds, I would balance their small, warm bodies in one arm and a book in the other.

This summer I didn’t have time to write.  So I kept myself sane with the instant pleasure of digital photography and Instagram. The opportunity to see the texture of so many other people’s lives has been a privilege. It could be addictive.  Here are a few pictures from my feed.  I’ve put a link, above, for you to see the rest on line and discover more of the generous and creative Instagram community.



Posted by Louisa Thomsen Brits on 19 September 2012

In his book How to Change The World, John-Paul Flintoff told me that Iris Murdoch, “..believed we should cultivate a kind of ‘mindfulness’. By making a habit of focusing our attention of everyday things that are valuable or virtuous, we hone our ability to act well at decisive moments. ‘Anything that alters consciousness in the direction of unselfishness will do’.”

In the direction of unselfishness. That sounds manageable.

It’s an inviting, inspiring read – one of several in a new series by The School of Life.  I popped in there recently to sniff about.  I wish it was on my doorstep.

Take a look at their new website: http://www.theschooloflife.com/


In the right direction
Posted by Louisa Thomsen Brits on 3 July 2012