Edwina Grosvenor: The Gift of Fear

This month, we are delighted to share a book choice from Edwina Grosvenor. A founder and trustee of the Clink Restaurant chain, Edwina is also a trustee to the Centre for Mental Health and Patron of Paladin, and the founder of charity One Small Thing.

Just last week it was announced that The Clink Kitchens will be rolled out in a number of new prisons across the country, delivering training in up to 70 prisons over the next 3 years. This will enable up to 2,000 men and women in prisons to achieve qualifications in hospitality and gain employment upon release, proven to dramatically reduce reoffending.

Edwina chose The Gift of Fear by Gavin de Becker for us some time ago, in the pre-pandemic days, but the message she has shared with us about this book still resonates now:

I have just finished this book and I found it unbelievably useful on both a professional and personal level. It explains to the reader that to feel fear is a gift and one that should be listened too, not ignored. If we live our lives by ignoring our intuition then we become more vulnerable. It describes how we as humans have an innate ability to be able to predict violence and often act before it happens, or of course we can ignore it and then afterwards mutter something about how we knew that person shouldn’t have been trusted. When the internal red flag goes up, pause, realise it, connect with it and act accordingly. Albert Einstein said that when you follow intuition, “The solutions come to you, and you don’t know how or why.”

We are very grateful for this Book of the Month choice from Edwina Grosvenor and encourage you to have a read about the excellent work of One Small Thing.


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