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Dave Smal passed away on 3rd October last year. I remember a saintly friend.
And Pongo my close Yorkie companion was killed nearly 6 months ago on 20th April. He too is missed.
Maria Popova (BrainPickings) cites Meghan O’Rourke on remembering departed loved ones: “The people we most love do become a physical part of us, ingrained in our synapses, in the pathways where memories are created”.
At the start of this month, using story in training, and embedding a corporate story culture were the subjects of our workshop for the Training Department of Thomson Reuters
Set up 30 years ago and supported by the UN, the scientific Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, in its latest report calls for rapid, fundamental and deep change in order to limit global warming. This is because we are already living in abnormal times, and unless urgent sustainability and regeneration measures take place soon, life could conceivably become unsustainable.
Their warning is likely to be disregarded by climate change deniers, but also lead to a plethora of what-to-do advice and a paucity of practical action, certainly at the micro, ‘man-in-the-street’ level.
Our sustainability survey and immersion exercises and information-pack are timely resources for political, organisational and opinion leaders who believe that we are approaching a tipping point that could mean seriously bad news for the economy, society and the environment, and therefore, for business.
(Included in our information pack is, From the Inside Out: the human dynamics of sustainability. The uniqueness of the approach is that the booklet outlines a mind-set to be adopted, which then ensures that decided action is implemented. See website
Teachings foster the development of ethical, compassionate, forward-looking, collaborative and effective leadership, leading to organisational cultures that contribute to sustainability. Readers are not patronisingly told what to do. Instead they learn how to become mindful, decisive, adaptable and forward-looking in context. A modern model for successfully addressing sustainability and regeneration).
“The happiness of your life depends on the quality of your thoughts” - Marcus Aurelius
“It isn’t that the evil thing wins — it never will — but that it doesn’t die” - John Steinbeck
“Everything on the earth has a purpose, every disease an herb to cure it, and every person a mission. This is the Indian theory of existence” – authoress Mourning Dove [Christine Quintasket]
“A lifetime is so precious, and so brief, and can be used so beautifully” - Pema Chödrön
“Many people think of rudeness as a self-contained experience, limited to one person or interaction. In truth, incivility is a virus that spreads, making the lives of everyone exposed to it more difficult” – Christine Porath
“When once the forms of civility are violated, there remains little hope of return to kindness or decency” - Samuel Johnson
(extract from Buddhist Retreat Centre newsflash 9th October, 2018 by Louis van Loon)
"Speaking of 'youthening': Pablo Picasso said: 'It takes a long time to become young'. Indeed he showed this in the way he lived his life and produced his art - constantly reinventing himself - getting more playful and exploring different ways of perceiving things. My friend, Graham Williams, suspects that Picasso was referring to the need to cultivate "wonder, being in awe, curiosity, having fun, being vulnerable and sharing emotions - which we tend to mask or suppress as we age". "Yet", as he says, "paradoxically, some of the best things we know are older: things like old wood, old wine, old books and old friendships"
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