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An interesting time

Posted by Philip on 10 July 2017, 11:31 am in , , ,

I recently read three very different takes on the world as it is now and how it compares to the past. One was this article in the Guardian, "The age of anger", another Margaret Wheatley's new book, "Who Do We Choose To Be?: Facing Reality, Claiming Leadership, Restoring Sanity" and the third, a book by Magenta Pixie, "Masters of the Matrix: Becoming the Architect of Your Reality and Activating the Original Human Template".

world map overlaid with clocks

All used very different lenses — political, historical, leadership, spiritual and more — but all had a similar theme. The world, at this time, is in a state of flux.

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The picture is always bigger

Posted by Philip on 9 May 2017, 10:15 am in , , , , , , , , ,

My $100k+ car is still not sorted. I still have to clumsily put a key in the ignition. The dealers are working on it — it's gobbly gook to me, except the fact that they're having to liaise Germany to solve it.

I've been wrestling with the urge to get annoyed with them and become a pain in their backside but, realistically, they seem to be doing all they can in the circumstances.

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Urgent, important, essential

Posted by Philip on 21 February 2015, 1:21 pm in , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Guy with post-it notes covering his face pulling his hair outThis week saw me recall Eisenhower’s Urgent/Important Principle, one of those nuggets I picked up years ago — probably at some time management course that followed another gem, the 80/20 or Pareto Principle — buried in the 20% of information worth retaining.

Eisenhower divided tasks into four categories:

  1. Important and urgent [I'll call this IU].
  2. Important but not urgent [InU].
  3. Not important but urgent [nIU].
  4. Not important and not urgent [nInU].

The principle creates a framework with which to prioritise activities and also what to do with them. Simply put:

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The time "in-between"

Posted by Philip on 30 December 2014, 12:56 pm in , , , , , , , , ,

So, in the past couple of weeks, my unravelling has stopped. I've successfully returned to my usual muscle relaxant medication, so my anxiety has ceased and my co-ordination is back. I'm ten days into a four week holiday and I feel relaxed and unstressed. The archangels have been and gone, working a little magic.

The weather has been beautiful and I've spent many hours sitting on my deck, reading, drinking, eating and laughing with friends. I've even written a few more paragraphs of a book I started writing this time last year.

(By the way I've been reading This Changes Everything, by Naomi Klein. It's dense but a must-read if you are interested in the bigger picture of climate change.)

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Should kids have to keep themselves safe?

Posted by Philip on 26 June 2014, 2:12 pm in , , , , , , , , , , , ,

On Wednesday Violence Free Waitakere (VFW) launched "'Jade Speaks Up', a new multimedia resource to help keep children safe from violence." The media release said, "The resource aims to help children put safety strategies in place to support themselves, should they feel afraid in their lives whether from bullying, natural disasters, adult threats or witnessing grown-ups fighting."

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Sign the KIDshine petition urging Rt Hon John Key to end our 'national shame’ of domestic violence and child abuse.

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What I do...

Posted by Philip on 18 August 2013, 12:06 pm in ,

...in case you wondered.

Source:  Sunday Star Times.

Text of the article available here (.doc)

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Time, incidents and relativity

Posted by Philip on 30 June 2013, 2:54 pm in , , , ,

Sometime ago I learnt why time seems to go quicker as you get older. It's simply because each measure of time becomes less and less, in proportion to your entire life.

So, when you are two years old, one year is one half (50%) of your whole life. When you're 25, a year is one twenty-fifth (4%) of your life. Pictorially it looks like this:

graph depicting the different pecentage of life for 2 year old vs 25 year old

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A more creative way of getting kids to class on time

Posted by Philip on 13 November 2012, 4:25 pm in , , , ,

"North Shore students have been banned from hugging during school hours because too many of them - mainly girls - were consistently arriving late to their classes," reported the NZ Herald this morning.

"Takapuna Normal Intermediate School deputy principal Sue Cattell said teachers last week suggested to students that they keep the hugs outside of the school day.

"'[The teachers' talk] was to remind them that this is like their place of work and they need to be back on time,'" said Cattell.

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