Inspirational People

My family

Especially Mum & Dad who cared for me, prayed for & with me, supported me throughout my life and careers

My dear brothers –Peter (who died 4 years ago and I look forward to meeting again in God’s Presence-Ps16v11)who shared my schooling in Sussex and Essex and a flat with me in Ealing for 3 years whilst he was doing his Journalism training and I my Chartered Accountancy.

Paul -though 7 years younger still a great companion through childhood

schooling and family life. Paul wonderfully prepared a family book ‘We three brothers’ which was such a comfort especially when visiting Peter in hospital in Dublin shortly before he died.

Then my lovely wife , Ruth, of 46 years. Companion from the beginning of our loving relationship ‘for the journey’ in all that life has brought through our two great children (Rachel and Tim) and in daily parish living -Serving the Lord and His people together.

I think of ‘inspiration’ (breathing and living in the Spirit of God) as the gift that He gives -especially through others. In my Christian based worldview this equates to learning through I.P. how to become a better person

(Mirroring/Expressing the nature God gives us all -Gen. 1v27/Col. 1v27)

I am very grateful to so many groups and individuals who have taught me ‘on the Way ‘(John14v6)

Work friends, college colleagues (Christian Life College, Oak Hill and Sarum Theological Colleges) as well as parishioners in the RAF and at Tawstock (& linked parishes in both Taw Valley team and Two Rivers team)

Now retired and a ‘lifelong learner, especially some inspirational spiritual teachers

  1. CAC (https://cac.org) –Richard Rohr/Jim Finley/Cynthia Bourgeault
  2. Brene Brown
  3. Eckhart Tolle
  4. Tara Brach

David Attenborough’s book

(https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Attenborough

)‘A life on Our Planet

What an enjoyable, challenging and inspirational listen.

Enjoyable as it gives a glimpse into David’s fascinating life as he (reader of the book as well as writer) gives us his ‘witness statement & vision for the future’. Part one of the book –our greatest mistake– chronicles how we (mankind) have got ourselves into such a series of catastrophic situations. David uses his many groundbreaking and adventourous TV series to underline what a beautiful but fragile world/series of eco-systems we live in and share with some of the greatest natural wonders (from the ‘Zoo Quest series’ right through to ‘The Blue Planet’)

Challenging as he spells out what all this means -now and in the future- for us all if we continue with ‘life as we know it’ (to quote a Mr Spock from Star Trek)

Inspirational as the second part of the book reminds us of ‘Our greatest opportunity’ and how we can all be involved in ‘rewilding our world’ by reconnecting to it because we are part of it’s fragility and beauty.

So I’m a supporter, and , on the way back from my swim this morning have seen that this will mean 1. Understanding more about our links with

this natural world-The Great Chain of Being ( as Franciscan Philosopher & Theologian, St. Bonaventure, (with Wm. Shakespeare amongst many others ) reminds us

2. Do all I can to support all those who share this visionary ‘opportunity’

For example recently The Earthshot Project’ – the first prize ceremony and overview of the projects last year (https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episodes/p09w80wb/the-earthshot-prize-repairing-our-planet