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14 Sep

What an encounter with a rhinoceros taught me about followership

“Keep close, no, keep really close behind me – ok now climb up the rock and do it quickly!” shouted my South African safari guide in a low tone. Finding myself lying half way up a large boulder, I finally dare to look up! With my heart beating out a veritable rhythm in my chest I eventually pluck up enough courage to look at the rhinoceros which is no more than 8 feet away! And slowly, as the pounding in my heart begins to subside, I start to marvel at the amazing experience I am having. What an awesome sight…..

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14 Sep

The Liquorice Allsorts Approach to Selling

I’m in the supermarket in the sweets aisle, hand out stretched to pick up a bag of liquorice allsorts, what is going through my mind? “Shall I buy chocolate, no, that is too fattening”….or “I fancy something sweet to eat when I am watching the movie tonight”….or “I could make the kids an ice cream treat”….or “I had wine gums last week, I think I will try something different”….”I wonder whether per kilogram it is better value to buy the family pack or the standard pack”….or ….? The good salesperson knows that people buy the same thing for lots of…..

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30 Aug

Connected or Not?

Oooh S..T (not every ladylike, I know) I said to myself, and hopefully not that loudly, as I realised that I have left my mobile phone in the training room on the other side of London.  I am now panicking as I am due to meet an old friend in Bank tube station and I have no way of contacting her.  Miraculously after trying several different exits, I find her.  Over a much needed glass of wine we talk about how reliant we are on the technology and reminisce about the days when we could memorise 20 phone numbers! Being…..

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30 Aug

About Time

The tears are falling down my face, not pouring, just drizzling gently.  And yet I feel a warm glow in my stomach and the beginnings of a smile creeping onto my lips.  The words are really resonating. I am feeling a little moved. “And so he told me his secret formula for happiness. Part one of the two part plan was that I should just get on with ordinary life, living it day by day, like anyone else. But then came part two of Dad’s plan. He told me to live every day again almost exactly the same. The first…..

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1 Mar

The Wrong Hand

Have you ever tried to do something using the wrong hand? I have been using the Action for Happiness – Happy New Year Calendar since the beginning of the year.  January 4th suggested I did something kind for myself – so I booked myself a back massage.  My therapist spotted that the muscles on the left side of my back were much more developed than the right.  Upon questioning me, she was concerned that I was using my right hand pretty much exclusively to muck out the horses and to poo pick the fields. The next day I decided to…..

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3 Jul

17 to 77

“Hello Aunty Lisa, would you like to play on the bouncy castle?” Before I could answer, I was squirted by another cousin with a water pistol! This is going to be a great family party – I thought to myself, as I smiled bravely through my drenched hair! And indeed, it was. As I reflected on our time together in the car on the way home, one of the things that struck me was the diversity of age ranges that were there – from 14-month-old Harriet to 94-year-old Granny.  And how everyone, regardless to which generation they came from, had…..

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