THE DILEMMAS of the “squeezed middle” fit the classic definition of stress. The demands on you are too much, yet they cannot be ignored or resisted. You can’t go on, but you must go on. Stress and powerlessness are a deadly combination.
The most damaging stressors are these events that change not just your life circumstances for the worse but also... Read More
Posted: 07 February 2012
The Taoiseach opened his address with the stated aim of speaking to us directly on the challenges we face but it was in fact quite a cautious message. He did not make any great mistakes. He probably did not upset any particular group and he made a reasonably good job of balancing the reality of what we are facing with... Read More
Posted: 05 December 2011
“The Taoiseach’s first task is to provide a convincing framework of meaning around what the Government is proposing to do. He needs to set out a realistically optimistic framework. Let me define realistic optimism: the belief that with effort, and despite set-backs, and with no guarantees, good outcomes are possible and worth fighting for.
“Every word of that definition counts... Read More
Posted: 30 November 2011
From the moment you awoke this morning, deep in your brain, a little in-built meter has been keeping careful track of every instance of negative reaction – every niggling worry, disappointment, unsettling thought and less-than-happy memory; every frustrating interaction, every little burst of irritability, every unwelcome bit of news. This accumulating negativity is being balanced by the flow of positivity... Read More
Posted: 05 November 2011
Like magnificent ships, the Queen of England and the President of the United States sailed into Ireland. For the last two weeks, we were dazzled, delighted, almost beside ourselves with plain joy – although joy is never really plain. And now they are gone. But what a bounty they have left. They carried with them a cargo of goodwill –... Read More
Posted: 28 June 2011
The turning of the year is always a slightly unsettling experience. As we sail away from the iron realities of the old year, we voyage with more hope than certainty into the new. This time round, in 2010, there is a growing feeling that we are nearing not just the end of a year, but the end of an era... Read More
Posted: 28 December 2010