My aim is to make this an encouraging place to visit. There are always people who will knock you down. I know I need a boost sometimes, something to push me in a positive direction. Sometimes I get this from the Bible, and I will include some verses here but my aim is to be accessible to everyone – if I ever get too spiritual please let me know. I’m hoping people will comment in a similarly manageable way, and that anyone might find something to make them think. I know Christians (including me) can be very annoying – not unlike the rest of humanity I guess.
Another important thing is that I believe all people are made in the image of God – even criminals or others that most people would write off. That’s not to say that some haven’t committed serious crimes, but I haven’t met anyone without some positive qualities and the potential to contribute something good to society. Over the last years I’ve spent time with many young offenders and asylum seekers – both groups that some people may find difficult, mainly due to not having met them.
So far that’s all sounding rather worthy and slightly pretentious. Sorry. I also hope to have some fun here and may include stuff about tv and films that I like as well as other cultural things. And I may amend this at least once a week. The pressure of defining yourself before you’ve even blogged a word…
Although the blog contains many random personal details about me, I have chosen not to put my name on the site. I don’t want people (including my students or my employer) to find the pages easily if they randomly google me. I keep an academia.edu page for students and professional contacts to find. HeartenSoul is linked to from other websites where I maintain an anonymous profile. I’m guessing most people who read this site will be directed in from my Facebook feed and will know who I am. For the rest of you, I hope this doesn’t seem too weird. If you want to contact me, just leave a comment somewhere. I might even email you back.