The other day I was out with someone who ordered one of those detox, multi-berry, health-headline drinks. When it eventually arrived (the staff had forgotten to make the drink, which should have told us something perhaps?) she took a sip and said, “It tastes like it should be good for me.”

Detox drinkMy instant thought upon hearing those words was how polite and diplomatic she was being. But more than that, what an attitude to have – especially if the ‘drink’ represented something so much more significant.

Like a challenging situation, way out of your control. One that has PAIN written all over it but also underneath it – should you have the energy to dig a bit deeper – you will find the word PURPOSE.

You don’t like to think of pain and purpose coming alongside each other do you? Definitely not when they’re heading straight for you!

But almost invariably, if you can see past the pain and all the complications, complexities, confusion and temporary crisis of faith in anything and everything that has until now, been solid, good and lovely, you will start to see that maybe, just maybe, it will all be good for you.

“It’s easy for you to say,” you may well wonder to yourself – “you have no idea what I am facing right now”.


That is true. What is also true however, is that I have tasted my own drink and all I would say is, “It tasted like it should be good for me.” Which wasn’t very nice of course (pretty disgusting actually!) but I am a vastly improved person because of it.



Paul Hatcher

I am at heart, a communicator. I love to use words, whether written or spoken and maximise those words to hopefully, bring some encouragement - literally, to put courage into the hearts & minds of those who read or hear them. In my work as an executive coach, speaker, workshop facilitator, I love also to listen...deeply, and then respond with some encouragement.