“There is a saying in Tibetan, ‘Tragedy should be utilized as a source of strength.’ No matter what sort of difficulties, how painful experience is, if we lose our hope, that’s our real disaster.” ― Dalai Lama XIV. It’s easy to despair at goings on in the world…. But as is typical, often in the worst of circumstances we will always see inspirational examples of courage.
A while back two people going through the same experience in an organisation were sharing their perspectives with me, independently. What was amazing was that their experiences were the polar opposite.
Person One was positive. Person Two negative. Same situation, same circumstances – but very different perceptions of what was going on.
“Behaviour is what a man does. Not what he thinks, feels or believes.” – Emily Dickenson
‘Let’s have a meeting about that meeting.’ These were the words from my boss at the time, over 20 years ago when I worked in a multi-national. I started to laugh and replied: ‘So we’re having a meeting about the meeting about another meeting?’ He laughed too.
“You cannot plough a field by turning it over in your mind.” – Anonymous. In my experience, everyone (regardless of achievements) has something important that they haven’t started into yet.
I remember thinking ‘I wish I was like him’. The ‘him’ in question was a successful entrepreneur who seemed to have it all. We had met while doing a show with a local drama group and I was always impressed by his positive attitude and great sense of humour. He never had a bad word to say about anyone and he was always – and I mean always – the life of the party.
“Good men are like unicorns. Everyone talks about them but nobody has actually seen one.” I don’t agree…
Two sporting events stuck with me over the weekend…
Last Friday afternoon I found myself sitting on a high stool in Dublin, interviewing one of Ireland’s most successful business people.
“So what exactly do you want my help with?” These were the words spoken by me as I sat in a busy cafe in London.
Someone told me recently that the word January originated from the word Janus – the Roman god of beginnings and endings. An appropriate description for the first month of a New Year.