Monday, March 14, 2011

JDS Insights: February 2011

I've done it again...two posts in one day...it's because I'm on a roll and expecting a lot of people to be checking my blog...hahahahaha! I'll be posting more on the reasons for that...

Well February...such a lot happened. Organising. Negotiating. Discussing. Inspiring. Creating. Travelling. Skiing.

Things like: organising a home-move, whilst negotiating with estate agents and discussing boys' learning at parents' evening including inspiring (Goan) community leaders and members in creating an event and travelling to Austria with 42 boys on a skiing trip...

It meant I was quite tired. And the daily insights dried up on Twitter...for a while...

Within that there has been some really good news...people finding jobs that really express who they are (and knowing that I had my part to play) and others stepping forward to contribute to an event I put together as well as confirming our change/ growth in living space.

This month's insights reflect the slightly frenetic pace of life but also the sense of 'going for it' and 'creation' that's happened.

Thank-you to all the special people around me. They know who they are.

This was February*
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01 Feb: There is always something to learn about the people we think we know the best.

02 Feb: Family don't know everything about you. Friends don't know everything about you. You don't know everything about you.

03 Feb: Sometimes I think I know so much what's best for the people I love, I miss what they're actually saying.

04 Feb: There *is* enough time for everything you want. Just be clear about what you want.

05 Feb: You don't know the reason for something as it happens. You only realise after time and reflection.

06 Feb: When you're ready and aware it will happen.

07 Feb: Getting stuck on a particular outcome can close down the opportunity for it to come to you in a number of ways.

08 Feb: Doing nothing opens nothing to happen. Being nothing opens everything to happen.

09 Feb: Life happens to me but having some direction means I can make life happen too.

10 Feb: You never know how someone is going to respond until you ask a straight question.

11 Feb: Unless you ask a straight question you won't get a straight answer.

12 Feb: When someone answers your question, *listen* to what they say.

13 Feb: Young people are in the process of growing up. Sometimes they genuinely don't have a clue.

14 Feb: In life, expand or contract.

15 Feb: Life is ups and downs. If I am down-I know what's coming next. Equally if I am up-I know what's coming next.

16 Feb: We only have limited time in this world.

17 Feb: It starts with who I am being and ends up with reality.

18 Feb: If I am being loving I will do the things loving people do and have the things loving people have. Imagine being angry?

19 Feb: Being scared can mean I am out of my comfort zone and I am alive.

20 Feb: Nothing has to stop me if I don't want it to.

21 Feb: Sometimes things are loud for a reason.

22 Feb: If someone repeats themselves to me perhaps I didn't get it the first time.

24 Feb: If the same stuff keeps happening to me, what is life telling me?

25 Feb: I can handle more than I think.

26 Feb: Most people have no clue what they *really* want.

27 Feb: It's only when you stick your neck out for something that you realise what you're truly capable of.

28 Feb: We all have the capacity to create something that lives and breathes outside us. Metaphorically and literally.
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*Quote the source.

JDS Insights: January 2011

Time definitely flies when you're having fun.

We're now almost a quarter of the way through the year...and I haven't even picked my themes for this year and reviewed last year! Ah well...it's in the works.

Back to January...and it was a month of recovery and action.

I've been engaged in something I had turned my back on. Contribution and community isn't always something that people think is important or even something that we can provide. Leadership too - it seems as if people are born with it rather than something that anyone can be.

It was also a month of new starts - which is something that always happens in January - and this year is no exception. Little things like a phone call can make a big difference - and it's keeping it going that helps a lot. That and dealing with all the little things that go with changing your living space...there are a lot!

Enjoy the thoughts from January...*

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01 Jan: Could people behave *every day* as if it was New Year's Eve? Or would that diminish the power and mystique of that night?

02 Jan: Most of what passes through my head, forwards nothing. But it still came from me.

03 Jan: Discerning what's useful from what's useless is half the battle.

04 Jan: Don't kid yourself: mostly the internal voice chats shit. But it's still part of you.

05 Jan: Listening to *everything* I say to myself, gives me a full understanding of myself. Anything less is incomplete.

06 Jan: If every day is exactly the same, where is the creation?

07 Jan: I don't know - make something up.

08 Jan: Everyone makes it up as they go along. Or they're good at pretending they're not.

09 Jan: Choosing to let go of one thing opens up choices for something else.

10 Jan: Revealing ignorance - and dealing with it - is better than pretending you know.

11 Jan: Knowing something that could contribute - and holding back - isolates self and pushes humanity apart.

12 Jan: Saying what there is to say, shrinks my dark side.

13 Jan: Use your head and trust your instincts because logically your feelings will guide you. Got that?

14 Jan: Tough challenge: Be Yourself.

15 Jan: To be yourself, you have to know yourself; which needs self-awareness; which in turn, needs you to shut up and listen.

16 Jan: Express yourself.

17 Jan: Everyone knows what there is to do; whether you do it is a different matter.

18 Jan: Just because you make a New Year's Resolution does not mean you will fulfil your dream.

19 Jan: A little every day is usually better than a lot once or twice a month.

20 Jan: Deflecting genuine compliments you receive is like slapping yourself in the face and then slapping them.

21 Jan: Say "Thank-you" and mean it.

22 Jan: Heartfelt thanks acknowledges the spirit in everyone involved.

23 Jan: Blink and a year can pass. Make the most of each moment.

24 Jan: Knowing the reason behind doing something is more important than all the doing.

25 Jan: Never underestimate the positive effects of little thoughts that show you care for the people you love.

26 Jan: Exercising the mind is as important as exercising the body. But how do you exercise the soul?

27 Jan: Consider that your opinion of someone else doesn't match their opinion of you. If that's true, now what?

28 Jan: Nothing is real until you take action.

29 Jan: People want to be inspired. Anyone can do the inspiring.

30 Jan: A risk is an action with an uncertain outcome. But we are afraid of risk. Does that mean most of us have lives of certainty?

31 Jan: Creating inspiration is a natural thing to do. I don't always behave naturally.
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