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Every Monday – thoughts, observations and ideas that hold up a mirror to who & how we are

The show goes on, with a little help……

I guess it had to happen sooner or later.It’s Monday morning and I feel like death warmed up. In fact, I’ve been pretty much out of commission for several days now. So much so that I simply haven’t had it in me to write a new blog piece this week.

 However, rather than leave you, my loyal readers (or any “dippers in” or first timers) “Monday blogless”, I have hi-jacked part of the content of a greetings email I received a few days ago. It came from my buddy and fellow coach, Adrian Goodall.

 It does kick off on a gloomy sounding note, but please stick with it.  To coin a phrase, I couldn’t have put it better myself.

So, with gratitude to Adrian for (inadvertantly)  having put in the hard work on the blog this particular week, the Monday morning show goes on regardless:

 A terrible economic recession (depression?) seems inevitable over the next few years as Western economies crumble under the burden of unsustainable debt, and the rest of the world catches the cold of falling trade and GDP.

 The emperor’s clothes of ever increasing ‘leverage’ over recent decades will be seen for what they are: an illusion of riches and consumerism, inflated asset values and personal and government spending powers utterly divorced from intrinsic wealth.

 In other words, the biggest bubble ever. There is nothing we as individuals can do about all of that. ‘Austerity’ will be with us perhaps for many years.

 But we will prevail. There is everything we can do about ourselves, our choices and how we connect with the abundance of human creativity, hope and love.

 Currency, borrowing and GDP may be seen as the arbitrary constructs of a system that works most of the time to provide structure and mechanism for an organised society to function, enabling trade, sufficiency and employment.

 But as they temporarily fail us, what we may rediscover underneath is a more durable and fundamental aspect of humanity and community.

 Consider for a moment: there is so much we can be thankful for if we pay more attention – family, community and friendship, memories, creativity and innovation, discourse and enlightenment, organisational achievement, the limitlessness of the Universe and, most powerful of all, love. And most of us are lucky enough to live in safety, peace and a good environment.

 We could choose to focus on the economic gloom and erosion of material wealth – and yes, there are people suffering in the world.

 And we can also choose to focus our attention on the relationships which don’t need cash to make life meaningful and happy.

So, with Adrian’s wise words for company as I slope off back to bed to recover in time for the festivities , I wish you a wonderful Christmas holiday break.

 Have a great one!           


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One Response to “The show goes on, with a little help……”

  1. Chris Sorry to hear that you are not feeling well. Hope you recover soon and I look forward to your Boxining Day message Geraldine xx

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