I smiled when I heard the author Amanda Prowse on TV recently, having been asked if it were true that all her possessions could fit into a carry-on suitcase, reply:
“… all of my possessions can fit into a 2.5 litre plastic box.”
As if this weren’t impressive enough, she then went on to say that when she travels anywhere she takes only 3 outfits with her:
“… one in the wash, one to wear and one spare …” Continue reading “All Her Possessions Fit into One Carry-on Suitcase?”
“While wandering a deserted beach at dawn, stagnant in my work, I saw a man in the distance bending and throwing as he walked the endless stretch toward me.
As he came near, I could see that he was throwing starfish, abandoned on the sand by the tide, back into the sea.
When he was close enough I asked him why he was working so hard at this strange task. He said that the sun would dry the starfish and they would die.
I said to him that I thought he was foolish. There were thousands of starfish on miles and miles of beach. One man alone could never make a difference.
He smiled as he picked up the next starfish. Hurling it far into the sea he said, “It makes a difference for this one.”
I abandoned my writing and spent the morning throwing starfish.”
This story by Loren Eisley has been told in lots of different ways and places and I love it. It fits so well with my beliefs that:
- seemingly small things can, and do, matter.
- what we say and do on a daily basis can make a real difference – not just to ourselves, but to others, too. Continue reading “Making a Difference”
“The thought manifests as the word;
the word manifests as the deed;
the deed develops into habit;
and habit hardens into character.
So watch the thought and its ways with care,
and let it spring from love
born out of concern for all beings.”
I came across this Henry Ford quote again recently and it made me smile.
It reminds me of the times I’ve asked or paid someone else to do a specific job for me and then been really annoyed (rather than grateful) when they pointed out something I hadn’t noticed or suggested it might be done differently for a better result. Continue reading ““Just do it!””
I was inspired this week by a meeting I went to on e-learning to share the following (short but effective) videos with you.
Here’s the first one (just under 5 minutes). As you’ll see, some of the statistics are already out of date (it’s from 2014) and you might disagree with some of the predictions, but I think it illustrates really well just how fast things are moving…
And, aimed more at the world of business, and only 2½ minutes long, I rather like this one, too: