be kind

kindness

It’s been an emotional week and I can’t quite bring myself to share the usual, relatively trivial fare, that is this space.

That’s ok, there is a place for the trivial but I just feel that now is not that place.

I deliberately stayed away yesterday not only because of the tragic way events unfolded in Sydney but also because my own community faced its own threat from fires.

So today, a simple remind to be kind. To “throw kindness around like confetti” and remember to be kind because “everyone you meet is fighting their own battle”.

Never underestimate the power of a little human kindness.

 

 

 

seeds // from behind a desk

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I’m not quite sure when author John Le Carre would have said these words of wisdom.

He is now in his 80s and still writing novels, has a Twitter presence and an official Facebook fan group but says “I hate the telephone. I can’t type. I ply my trade by hand. I live on a Cornish cliff and hate cities”.

I find a touch of irony in his words, particularly for me as I spend much of my days at a desk and unlike Le Carre, don’t have my years as a spy to draw on.

But what resonated with me in these words is how easily it could be updated to be “From behind a keyboard …”

Take from it what you will ~ I think it has many interpretations ~ but it’s also a good reminder to get out from behind the desk/keyboard occasionally.

 

 

keep climbing your ladder

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This quote came up in a workshop I was in the other day and, for whatever reason, I felt compelled to note it down for later.

I think one of the wonderful things about these words are they could mean different things to different people.

To me, it means keep getting better, keep striving, keep working towards those goals.

[It seems rather apt in light of this post, too.]

But it also implies it is OK to stop, survey the surroundings before moving on again.

Thomas Huxley was a biologist, a contemporary of Charles Darwin and the grandfather of author Aldous Huxley. He was largely self-taught after his formal schooling finished at the age of 10 before apprenticeships and enrolment in a college at the age of 16 started him on a tertiary education.

He was not without his controversy but he certainly lived up to his words and was a respected scholar and leader of many esteemed associations.

These words seem a good way to kick off the week.

How goes your ladder climb?

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