Last week I found myself at a conference in one of the top tourist attractions in Ireland, The Guinness Storehouse, in Dublin, which also has a super events facility.
“You cannot swim for new horizons until you have
courage to lose sight of the shore.”
I recently wrote a blog post about an easy way to overcome overwhelm.
It was about a client who arrived at my Thrive Experience retreat only to tell me he wasn’t going to stay because he had “too much on”, and what happened next.
“I don’t want you to take this the wrong way, but I’m leaving tomorrow morning.” These were the words from a client, five minutes after he’d arrived at The Thrive Experience, an annual retreat I run for leaders. The event runs over 2.5 days, so we hadn’t even officially begun and yet, he was telling me he was leaving.
I’ve long been an admirer of people who have chosen to climb mountains. I get the sense of adventure and achievement. Of building skills, of overcoming hardship and obstacles and developing the mental and physical strength needed to first, successfully summit and then, to come down the mountain.
“You can run all you want,
But the baggage you travel with will continue to hold you down until you let some of it go.”
“Instructions for living a life. Pay attention. Be astonished. Tell about it.” – A poem by Mary Oliver.
A friend shared this poem with me last week, and I was struck not only by it’s brevity but also by it’s power.
I think it’s easy to read these lines and think ’that’s cute’ and just move on with the busyness of life, but I believe they are worth reflecting on.
“If success or failure of this planet and of human beings
depended on how I am and what I do…
“Observe the masses and do the opposite.”
– Walt Disney
“You may never know what results come from your action.
But if you do nothing, there will be no result.”
Last Friday (23rd January) I was facilitating my annual planning workshop, BluePrint in the Glenview Hotel, Wicklow. As usual the event attracted a diverse mix of people and I’m always interested to see who comes.
For this particular workshop it turned out that everyone in the room was working for themselves