Just as it takes a village to raise a child, it also takes a village to support a mentally ill person, a homeless person, an abused person, a [fill in the blanks for vulnerable person]. Having previously come from the government-sanctioned social services sector myself, I will just state the obvious – the social services … Continue reading Us, the tribe
This Christmas, the hubs and I received a really meaningful present from a friend, the founder of Solve n+1, a Singapore organization that is passionate about representing and strengthening communities. The present came in a beautifully designed paper box that unfolded to reveal 6 questions that hoped to foster deeper and more heartfelt conversations between … Continue reading To open or not to open
A friend recently suggested that I write some posts on workplace anxieties, citing some of his own work experiences as traumatic. I realised that his experiences were not uncommon, because hey, how many of us can actually say we have found the perfect workplace for ourselves? Let’s start with one big problem that many of … Continue reading Workplace anxieties: Cognitive dissonance
Loss – Is something that is such an inevitable part of our lives, but that many of us find so hard to come to terms with. It is no wonder sometimes it just feels easier to express it in a colour, a picture, a song, or even prose. I have often found that what a … Continue reading The case of the missing pacifier
Our childhood experiences affect us in ways more than we can ever imagine. They literally haunt us, if we have undergone adverse childhood experiences, or ACEs in short. I will repeat the introductory paragraph in the above picture here again, for emphasis: “This chart shows the sequence of events that unaddressed childhood abuse and other … Continue reading My childhood haunts me
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