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WHAT'S IN THIS NEWSLETTER
Everything seems to be OTT these days, whether itís the latest tweet from the USA president, a statement by a British politician, a MOOC advertising/ promotion campaign, self-glorification on LinkedIn, look-at-me posts on Facebook Ö. Why? Ö. What do we do about this demeaning trend?



NEWS
ENCOURAGEMENT
A little bit of encouragement goes a long way. I enjoyed receiving these unsolicited comments about the December (Walls to Bridges) newsletter:
"Hi Graham, wow! This is so powerful! How can I share on LinkedIn?"
"I really like what you have written here. Would you write a chapter for the Encyclopedia of Business Storytelling ...?"

CULTURESCAN GROWTH
Clients have been pleased to discover that CultureScan addresses not only organisational challenges but individual challenges. Substantial individual development is included in coverage of resilience to stress, change and adversity; purpose and unique motivational fingerprinting; holistic expression of love, story competence and application; responsible activism; the coach and client journey, raising consciousness .....

CHINA LAUNCH OF THE HALO AND THE NOOSE
The launch inches closer with the completion early in December of the translation from English to Chinese

THE MEANING OF MARY MAGDALENE
I loved reading this challenging, scholarly, overdue work by Cynthia Bourgeault. It has been described as a spiritual masterpiece

Ms MAGDALENE JEYARATHAM
Director of the Indian Institute of Psychodrama, Magdalene's recent TED Talk on Psychodrama is worth a listen
https://youtu.be/CfDUUugbTeY

FOR YOU
I wish you and yours every blessing as you enter a momentous decade ahead. An ancient Celtic blessing:
May the road rise up to meet you.
May the wind be always at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face;
the rains fall soft upon your fields and until we meet again,
may God hold you in the palm of His hand.

MY HEALTH
A November routine check unearthed some tummy infections. Two days after the checkup I got food poisoning, and this additional trauma must have added to the bacterial infection and unsettle other organs and functions - nothing too serious, water on the lungs, heart murmur, and discovery of a gall stone/ gall bladder infection and thickened wall. Hopefully treatment and recovery will be rapid, and your prayers and good wishes will be really appreciated. Medical staff have been competent, patient, kind and their high touch advances may even have outstripped high tech advances!





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QUOTEABLE QUOTES
LIVING
No mud, no lotus - Thich Nhat Hanh

Always keep your sense of humour. Thatís what I attribute my long life to. I think Iíll die laughing - Jeanne Louise Calment who lived to the age of 122

A thing of beauty is a joy forever - John Keats

There is no enterprise which is started with such tremendous hopes and high expectations and yet fails so often as love - Erich Fromm

RELATING
I think probably kindness is my number one attribute in a human being. Iíll put it before any of the things like courage or bravery or generosity or anything else Ö If youíre kind thatís it, + - Roald Dahl

Blame is simply the discharging of discomfort and pain. It has an inverse relationship with accountability. Blaming is a way that we discharge anger (and accountability) - Brenť Brown

What you attend to, you becomeÖ If you constantly attend to battles, you become embattled. On the other hand, if you constantly give love, you become loving - Will Keepin (from his 11th Spiritual Principle)

INNER WORLD
A lot of thinking is stinking thinking - Bill Wilson (co-founder of Alcoholics Anonymous)

Each of us must turn inwards and destroy in ourselves all that we think we ought to destroy in others. And remember that every atom of hate we add to this world makes it still more inhospitable - Etty Hillesum (as a young imprisoned Jew in Nazi Germany)

Your mind is the garden, your thoughts are the seeds. The harvest can either be flowers or weeds - William Wordsworth

You understand so little of what is around you because you do not use what is within you - St. Hildegard von Bingen (12th Century)

BUSINESS SUCCESS
Today, more than ever, only a robust and passionately maintained commitment to a vibrant soft edge will up the odds of sustaining success and, yes, excellence, in these days of accelerating change - Rich Karlgaard


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