My spirits have lifted over the past few days. As I took a walk through Hampstead Heath Extension, with sun breaking through the newly greened trees and birds chirping happily, I felt a surge of gratitude and wellbeing.
I was also feeling cheered by the prospect of my CSR Quest book going ahead after all, having been rejected by Greenleaf, then Earthscan, before being picked up again by Greenleaf. Despite the additional workload this will put on an already rather full plate, writing is after all my first love. This book will be even more meaningful, given that it is effectively a reconstructed and research-enhanced diary of my travels around the world, capturing anecdotal insights and the stories of those people and organisations I met along the way. I will just have to keep the ‘spiritual odyssey’ to a minimum, warns Greenleaf.