An evening with Paloma Faith

Last night I was fortunate enough to attend a concert by the singer Paloma Faith. Apart from loving the music what I really like about her is her originality and quirkiness. She is not afraid to show her true character and be herself. It was obvious that she really loves what she does and that she didn’t want the evening to end, even dragging it out by chatting with and engaging the audience. Us Brits are known for being more reserved but she had everyone up and dancing (even in a supposedly ‘seated’ venue).

Being original

This got me thinking on how important it is to be true to ourselves and not to be afraid of speaking our truth. In today’s litigious society we are all concerned with being very careful what we publish and what we pass onto one another. It is easy to fall into the trap of conforming to a safe way of doing things, because a lot of us are ruled by fear. In the UK we have stringent rules about making claims or advertising our services on websites etc. So for example I cannot claim that one of my therapies can help Irritable Bowel Syndrome, because it is a medical condition and we are not allowed to say that one of our treatments is beneficial. We are not even allowed to publish testimonials which confirm such cases. I know we have to protect people from charlatans, but you have to questions whose interests are being protected. And even worse I wish the powers that be would stop assuming that the general public are all idiots. Just because you read that say reflexology has helped someone become pregnant would you assume it would definitely work for you? But wouldn’t you also like to know its a possibility?

So I would encourage you all to be your unique selves. If you have a message to put out then don’t be afraid of putting your head above the parapet and waving your flag. As long as you are coming from a place of good intention it can only be of benefit to others.



  1. Sounds like a lovely concert. 🙂

    That reminded me of a line in the beautiful poem by Marianne Williamson, “And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.”

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