Necessary and sufficient alignment

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

Scenarios, outlook, perspective

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

The right discomfort

Growth can be pretty uncomfortable. You’re stretched and not sure you can do something, perhaps on unfamiliar ground, certainly a bit out of your depth. It’s scary to commit. Pushing on with what you don’t want to do might feel very similar. There’s discomfort and uncertainty. Your commitment is probably lacklustre. How to discern if you’re growing or merely troubling yourself? Ask if it lines … Continue reading The right discomfort

From that ember, we rebuild the fire

I’ve fallen in love with this song. I find it soothing and energising. Perhaps oddly, at the same time. My favourite part: “As if in each of usThere once was a fireAnd for some of usThere seem as if there are only ashes nowBut when we dig in the ashesWe find one emberAnd very gently we fan that ember… blow on it… it gets brighterAnd … Continue reading From that ember, we rebuild the fire

Hope you had time to recharge

In the mailbox of the day job, I get a ‘daily briefing’ email that’s an automated bunch of arguably useful suggestions. After a weekend the email starts with “hope you had time to recharge”. I was struck by the implicit acknowledgement – that work is a thing we must recharge from. That, for a lot of people, work isn’t energising. It takes a lot from … Continue reading Hope you had time to recharge