Tuesday, November 30, 2010

"Understanding does not cure evil, but it is a definite help, inasmuch as one can cope with a comprehensible darkness." - Carl Jung

From Pip's iPhone

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Sunday, November 28, 2010


If you have not seen the movie ........

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Rewarched Invictus. The movie

Powerful supreme. Moreso having just been in S Africa. Sobbing Wilson.

So much injustice.
So much hope.

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Saturday, November 27, 2010

Honestly answer this by picking one option out of four below::
You are on the beach ..... which is you?
1 stand and look around and pose and that's it
2 dip your toe in the water to test the temperature
3 wade into the water slow to get used to the water, then swim
4 Dive right in the water

Decide now or this exercise won't work.

Next bit:-

How much is your swimming habits
as chosen above
reflect on your general attitude to work,
or study, or relationships?
Do you dive right in or test the temperature first etc?

Decide ?

Interestingly ........
.... usually the swimming style
matches the life style of most people so .....
........ there you are an experience in self awareness.

If you did it ...
... are you with me in the sorta stuff I try to do?

Communication is the only route to communion.
A relationship is only as good as it's communication.

with human.

with God

Friday, November 26, 2010

A man called Jim Punton was of major non-oppressive influence on me over many years.
When I worked with youth gangs in East London he was the human I went to for support and reflective good youth work practice...... and spiritual reflection.

When under pressure - we learn.

What I found out about SHALOM changed me ....... and still does ......

Jim Punton was a Greenbelt Board member for years and speaker at the festival for many years.
He had a major influence on Greenbelt in the formative years.
Also a Trainer and Bible Teacher with Frontier Youth Trust and Scripture Union.

Jim Punton has written that shalom means:-

Hebrew word usually rendered 'peace' in English versions of the Bible.

"a For the individual - a totally intergrated life of health of body, heart and mind, attuned to nature, open to others, in joy with God.

b Between persons - sharing, mutuality and love.

c In community or society - justice, dignity, independence and freedom, harmony and reciprocity, the contentment with 'enough' that all may have 'enough'.

It is he opposite to oppression, violence, and selfishness; it means man/woman as a caring trustee of creation, having ended exploitation, indifference and irresponsibility. This is something of the shalom of God 'which passes all understanding', the total well-being he wills for man - woman and the cosmos, the goal of his mission, the content of his reign"

Jim died some years ago.
You may see how the above understanding permeates my life.

At the end of 'Gutter Feelings' - my first book ...... I ended with this Bible verse;

"Seek the Shalom of the City
- because in it's Shalom
- you will find your own Shalom"

Thursday, November 25, 2010

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Wednesday, November 24, 2010

When I first became a Christian at 21
I understood my only purpose in life was to tell everyone so that they could too.
Now I have journeyed to a place of purpose that God wants us all to become whole persons.
Body mind spirit
- emotionally relationally communally globally.

Right now I reside in a place that there is only one way to do that.

Love can do that.
Only love can do that.

I have decided to live my life as an act of Love.

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Monday, November 22, 2010


To laugh is to risk appearing a fool.
To weep is to risk appearing sentimental
To reach out is to risk involvement.
To expose feelings is to risk exposing your true self.
To place your ideas and dreams before the crowd is to risk their love.
To love is to risk not being loved in return.
To live is to risk dying.
To hope is to risk despair.
To try is to risk failure.
But the greatest hazard in life is to risk nothing.
The one who risks nothing does nothing and has nothing - and finally is nothing.
He may avoid sufferings and sorrow.
But he simply cannot learn, feel, change, grow or love.
Chained by his certitude, he is a slave, he has forfeited freedom.
Only one who risks is free!

Sunday, November 21, 2010

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and I took my right foot for a walk
and my left foot came too.

Both aching
too much resting
due to R foot sickness.

All the pain gone
Ibuferon of the menu now
painkillers not needed
swelling down
no need for anti-inflamatory meds.

Exercise needed to get me up and pumping
need to get on my bike.

I am back at my desk tomorrow
then and evening group
then a journey late
to Leicester and dealing with
death/Funeral/sorting stuff/walking into a dead man's possessions.

I have not got many photos of Brother Arthur.
A few I posted in the blog below.
The one here is with Brother Don
It was taken in 1932

Life part of death.

Apologies to all for not responding
to mails and calls and many condolences.
All appreciated and received warmly.

I am in the Midlands next week
working in different venues.
If anyone wants to use me with a team of
youth workers
Housing Workers
a group of beautiful humans
especially those in great need?
please mail me via www.pipwilson.com
or any way you like.

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Saturday, November 20, 2010

........ and so I am back from South Africa
Leaving Joan who was Conniepoping with 9 months old Connie
and dealing with the Police who came knocking on our door.

Back with my Gout but today the first day it is departing.
(It killed me on the 12 flight - not a wink)
So it lasted 7 days.
I felt an invalid when away.
I am not used to being ill
don't believe in it!!

Thank you to all who heard about my oldest brother dying while I was in South Africa and sent condolences in many different ways.

Arthur died alone in a Housing association flat in Leicester which is in the Midlands of England. He has left no will, no registered next of kin, a single man who I have not seen since my Mother died 2nd February, 18 years ago.

When he was in his twenties my Mother kicked him out of our home because he wouldn't get out of bed and go to work. My Father had died when I was 16 so my Mother went out to work in a factory in St Helens, Lancashire. Arthur was a time-served electrician and loved his Triumph Motor-Bikes but not working for a living.

Joan and I used to send him a birthday card and a Christmas card. Typical working class blokes, non of the four brothers have kept contact after our Mother died. We relied on spouses to keep the family connections. I sent an occasional letter with news of family.

Up to about three years ago he used to ring from the hostel public phone. It was always post Christmas. We chatted away well as we always did in the flesh.

He was the only one of us who didn't marry and have children - as far as we know! On Monday night/Tuesday we are travelling up to the flat he lived in. I know from the Police, who hunted us down after his death, that his flat was a workshop full of benches, circuit boards, tools and misc electrical equipment. We need to sort it out and see if he has left any official paperwork. We need to visit the coroner, registrar, undertaker and go through the routine before arranging the funeral.

Arthur always wore a boiler suit. He was know to do that until his death. He was always friendly. As a child I have no memories of any conflict with him - me being the demanding little brother. He never communicated well. I have never felt close to him. It is strange that my brother has died and there is hardly any emotion attached.

We were brought up in a family without much emotional literacy. My Mother was big and large on warmth but emotions were only expressed between the brothers when we fought each other. As always, I need to reflect on my/his life and doing that means I will blog it. I never want to pretend, Never want to hide reality.

Seven days ago I was hit with Gout for the second time in my life. A real pain. Today it is a s good as gone. Foot still aching in bed but swelling and pain gone. Seven days limping/disabled/distracted/South-Africa/flight/painkillers/anti-inflammatory medication/home/knackered/recovery - all a journey eh?

We will be busy away dealing with things and discovering more about my long distant brother. I have much to reflect on from the journey to Cape-town S Africa. The journey, the learning, the experiences, the reflections and
alongside that life rolls on through the rest of life.

I have not blogged for some time.
I will be back in action as soon as I can catch up on life.
But I will never stop writing
Lots on my iPhone from SA.

You are beautiful ...............