“Words are pale shadows of forgotten names. As names have power, words have power. Words can light fires in the minds of men. Words can wring tears from the hardest hearts.” ― Patrick Rothfuss, The Name of the Wind If you haven’t worked out what the acronym is, it is “Happy New Year to You […]Read More HNYTYAY – 3 words for 2019
“The mind of man is capable of anything.” ― Joseph Conrad, Heart of Darkness The time after the Christmas break always seems to bring with it the darkest part of the winter season and also the darkest time for many people. The seasonal celebrations are over. The presents have been put away or exchanged. The […]Read More The dark mind of fear
“When people talk, listen completely. Most people never listen.” ― Ernest Hemingway Ok. I’ll admit it. It was me. What on earth are you talking about Summerhayes? Have you finally lost the plot? Gone off the rails? Decided to enter the loony bin? Nope. I am admitting something, I’ve always kept hidden. For […]Read More Getting caught out not listening
Above all, we don’t know the future. It’s the other side of our dependence on chance. Things can get slightly better for reasons it’s hard to foresee. Just as pleasures fade and can seem meaningless in retrospect, so pains (at least sometimes) can pass or soften. The School of Life, on Feeling Depressed Stress is […]Read More Fears, Worries and anxieties?
“If you want to forget something or someone, never hate it, or never hate him or her. Everything and everyone that you hate is engraved upon your heart; if you want to let go of something, if you want to forget, you cannot hate.” ― C. JoyBell C. This is last of the seven attitudes […]Read More Attitiude 7 – Letting Go
“Forgive the past. It is over. Learn from it and let go. People are constantly changing and growing. Do not cling to a limited, disconnected, negative image of a person in the past. See that person now. Your relationship is always alive and changing.” ― Brian L. Weiss, Messages from the Masters: Tapping Into the […]Read More Change is the only constant
““Strong minds discuss ideas, average minds discuss events, weak minds discuss people.” ― Socrates In the world of work having difficult conversations, whether it is with your boss, a co-worker or a customer, are an inevitable part of management. How should you prepare for this kind of discussion? How do you find the right words […]Read More Dealing with difficult discussions?
“We put labels on boxes. All thoughts, all words are labels on boxes; therefore we feel we have to get everything boxed, and so we put ourselves in boxes. Everything is put in boxes, but actually everything in nature doesn’t go that way.” Alan Watts Someone challenged me the other day that I was living […]Read More Do you manage boxes or live a life?