In the company of others, if you want to progress without untoward difficulty, have meaningful conversation, or pleasantly share life’s journey, there needs to be some alignment. That’s not to say everyone wants the same results, or that they’re in agreement – only that there’s sufficient shared direction and common ground that a mutually good result is possible. If there isn’t sufficient alignment there, take … Continue reading Necessary and sufficient alignment
A few times this week I’ve been reminded that wealth isn’t earning lots of money. Wealth is being able to seize opportunities. Wealth is having time to do what you enjoy. Wealth is feeling resilient. Even a modest income can afford someone wealth, while a good income is no guarantee of it. Adjust your sails accordingly. Continue reading The importance of trimming sail
One of the great things about empathy, is it allows you to extend the things you’re grateful for. Today I’m most thankful, not for something in my life, but for the start of a journey a close friend has embarked on. They’ve started a new job with a company that, so far, has shown a far more human touch than most. They’re going to be … Continue reading Empathy and gratitude
I was mentoring a middle school pupil today and we talked about empathy. At the end of the one to one time, the group of kids and their mentors came back together, for the group leader to host a discussion. Each mentee was asked how they’d treat their workers if they ran a company. It’s not an easy group dynamic to speak up in, at … Continue reading With respect, that’s a great answer
A dear friend said yesterday, after some candid back and forth: “I’m aware that we can both be looking at the same scenario and have different outlooks.” I was reminded of another dear friend’s reply to a moan I shared while out running: “Yeah, that’s a matter of perspective.” I’m grateful for folks that challenge my thinking, even if I don’t come to agree with … Continue reading Scenarios, outlook, perspective
On mindset, Carlos Castaneda has written: “The trick is in what one emphasises. We either make ourselves miserable, or we make ourselves happy. The amount of work is the same.” In better times I’d be keen to stress this. Right now it feels very much that this is wrong. When the mind is in the grip of depression, with chronic negative thinking apparently inescapable, the … Continue reading Emphasis and choice.