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WHAT'S IN THIS NEWSLETTER
I’ve been appointed to the Council of the International Management Consultants and Master Coaches of South Africa (IMCSA), and as a side task, writing their monthly newsletters
My LinkedIn contacts have now reached nearly 5, 600 (which number includes a great number of quality people). It has been good, especially during locked-down time, to connect with new friends around the World
The World Storytelling Institute in Chennai is in its 7th year of Storytelling by and for adults
(inspired by Cafe Coffee Day). Held on the 1st Monday of each month at 6pm (India time) – to register: email@example.com
THOUGHTS TO GUIDE OUR PERSPECTIVES ON LIVING AND LIFE
“We would be wise not to underestimate the importance of the role we play on this Earth. When people talked to me about their departed family members and friends, they imbued them with the emotional fiber of those still alive. As their stories were being told, the deceased leapt into our conversations, sometimes radiating kindness and consideration, other times trailing chains of hurt and anger. We are leaving a legacy – like it or not. So, we would be wise to pay attention to what that legacy will look like” - Lindsay Green (author, A Well-Lived Life)
“Live each season as it passes; breath the air, drink the drink, taste the fruit, and resign yourself to the influence of the earth” – Henry David Thoreau
“You are the sky. The clouds are what happens, what comes and goes” – author and spiritual teacher Eckhart Tolle
“All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights” - Universal Declaration of Human Rights
“By regulating the action, which is under the more direct control of the will, we can indirectly regulate the feeling, which is not.” Psychologist William James
“In a world torn by violence, oppressed too long by projects aimed at domination, I believe that a conscientious compassion guided by wisdom is the most urgent need of the hour” – Venerable Bhikkhu Bodhi (Buddhist monk)
THOUGHTS TO GUIDE OUR ATTITUDE
“An optimist isn’t necessarily a blithe, slightly sappy whistler in the dark of our time. To be hopeful in bad times is not just foolishly romantic. It is based on the fact that human history is a history not only of cruelty, but also of compassion, sacrifice, courage, kindness. What we choose to emphasize in this complex history will determine our lives” – historian Howard Zinn (from The Optimism of Uncertainty)
“People who are able to use the whole range of their natural psychological gifts – those folks who are comfortable with being both positive and negative are the healthiest, and often the most successful” - psychologist Robert Biswas-Diener
"One of the criticisms I've faced over the years is that I'm not aggressive enough or assertive enough, or maybe somehow, because I'm empathetic, I'm weak. I totally rebel against that. I refuse to believe that you cannot be both compassionate and strong" – New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern
“We can ill afford to continue being mutely acquiescent in the face of empty slogans and ‘social compacts’. The destructive policy decisions and pervasive dishonesty of our leadership needs to be exposed and fought” – South African political commentator, Alex Weiss
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