We are currently being bombarded with news, information and advice. These are unprecedented times; much is unknown and appears crazy; it’s almost impossible not to get caught up in our own thought storms. Normal has been knocked off kilter and we need to readjust for the foreseeable future until a new normal emerges.
An industry has arisen out of our search for well-being; to experience less stress…we need to eat better, sleep better, exercise more, meditate, be a better person. There are over 100,000 self-help books on Amazon; or shelf-help books as a friend of mine calls them.
It’s our ability to make meaning out of nothing. Our ability to blow lots of bubbles from a single wand of bubble making mixture. Of course, this is both a joy and a curse. Life would seem impossibly dull without it!
…one chunk at a time. A great metaphor for breaking things down into manageable steps. We’re likely to feel defeated or get indigestion if we think about eating it in one go! We don’t need to be concerned about the final destination before deciding to take action.
“Humility isn’t thinking less of yourself; it’s thinking of yourself less.” Sydney Banks
This quote from Sydney Banks highlights the essence of a calm, connected and caring human being. You don’t need to understand how the mind works to know that connecting with others without engaging your own ego is going to be better for a healthy and productive relationship. It’s what defines a naturally great leader and an effective parent.
Effortless change… an oxymoron or the simple truth? Why do some people seem to embrace change and others fight it tooth and nail? Are you a victim to change? Does your organisation suffer from change fatigue? Or like a chameleon is change just a natural part of life?
“If I knew that my feelings were only ever coming from my thinking I wouldn’t need to take my thinking so seriously.” Amelia, aged 15years.
Amelia is part of a group of teenagers beginning to explore how the mind works, in a programme called the Spark of Resilience.
A manager recently mentioned that he had been researching ‘burn-out’ on the internet and believed he was suffering from most of the symptoms. His question was whether or not he should be going to the doctor and seeking help, with one possible option being medication.
I recently read a stream of social media posts criticising others for complaining about an event. Others chose to ignore the negativity and stress the positives of the event. It struck me that there will always be dissenters whatever the situation, we will never all agree!
One of my favourite sayings has been “luck is the crossroads where opportunity and preparation meet”. Lucky has been a label I’ve given myself to reflect a habitual pattern of thinking optimistically. But of course, in reality life ebbs and flows.