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Like most of us, I left 2011 in a hurry.
The last couple of weeks saw me trying to frantically complete the last To Do list of the year. They saw me struggling to close one thing after another – one last article, a last contract, that last meeting to be arranged, to attend, to report on…
Tick tock, tick tock…“Hurry, hurry” went the ceaseless whisper of my watch.
And then, before I realized it, there was quietness, and silence and joy…quickly followed by bubbly wine and laughter!
It was time to rejoice and to celebrate. But somewhere, somehow, it was also time to pause and reflect, to daydream
Nostalgia kicked in, this bittersweet feeling connected to experiences and events come and now gone.
Twelve months had passed. They went by so quickly. They have been so intensely full of changes and encounters.
Time started playing tricks on me, slowing down gently. It pushed me to look at the journey taken and celebrate the things achieved.
It asked for progress to be measured, for friends to be accounted for – new friends made along the way, but also friends lost in the turmoil of change.
It was about loved ones, coming in like shooting stars and abruptly disappearing, but whose memory we will always carry and treasure. It was about remembering, acknowledging…and letting go.
It was about getting ready for a new year as pure and beautiful as a blank canvass waiting patiently for the uncertain hand of the artist.
A new year to re-invent, set in motion, move into action. Vows may be taken again. Commitments may be made again. Directions may be chosen again. The past is gone, the future a vivid dream – just the present matters.
A new year is starting. Make it count. Make it as beautiful, joyful and rich as you have dreamt it!
A happy New Year to you all.
Einstein had a problem with time!
I repeat… Einstein, as in Albert, had a problem with time!
He could not differentiate today from yesterday or tomorrow, and this is what allowed him to discover the theory of relativity – or so Dr Ray O Johnson suggested at the World Economic Forum last week.
What an interesting piece of information!
A myth just crumbled, yes. However, this is interesting at many different levels.
Think about innovation. The inability to operate in a given environment and the absolute necessity of finding a solution is a pretty powerful concept.
If you want to innovate, what about constraining your environment and seeing what happens?
I wonder what would result from such an exercise in the well-oiled strategic planning cycle of any FTSE 500 companies. How open would the leadership teams be, how willing to push their thinking? How effective would this would be? It’s an interesting thought for any of the VP FP&A or CFOs who are (hopefully!) reading this blog.
Think about performance appraisals. How would you measure delivery if you had no ability to create…well, impose a deadline?
Would that help your end result, or would you sink into a whirlpool of blissful procrastination? What I am saying … procrastination would not exist anymore.
Finally, think about this at the personal level! No notion of time, no now and no later, no more ‘I will call you later’ – I am sure the ladies out there would be so relieved at this.
No more of this feeling of a sliced life Mondays to Fridays, Saturday and Sunday, 8-10 am breakfast, 7-9pm drinks and dinner
How refreshing would that be!
Endless space to think and daydream, create and test your ideas. Infinite moments with people you love
Nevermore this feeling of rushing and rushing…what if real luxury is just time?
But oh, I’m late…for my 10 am !
Tomorrow at 16:30 I will be meeting with 100+ Women who are ready to take their careers to the next level…
Inspiring and scary
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