Friday, 21 December 2007

Goodbye to 2007!

Well that's it another year gone.
I will not be blogging now until 2008!
Take care.

1 comment:

Frank said...

A response to one of your messages to reflect upon for the new year?

I‘ve been thinking about my Mum and Dad a lot recently. They brought me up in a working class home, to believe in family, the work ethic, discipline and service. They taught me that I had responsibilities to my family, my community and to others and that is how I live my life.

Yes but what does it really mean to you to "believe in family" and what are your responsibilities to them? At this time of the year (and immediately after summer holidays too) I often discuss these (or very similar) questions with Julie who has regularly challanges my perspective. We've had a fantastic few days during what we have recognised as an extended family as a very special Christmas. If I felt that every precious minute with loved ones was enjoyed as if it were about to be the last, then maybe I would have found some answers that Julie would be happy to accept too.

It's funny how much the world of work engulfs our lives…. I daren’t count the hours I spend working, and the mobile phone, PDA and the internet simply blur the edges between work and life. My doctor is constantly telling me to slow down. It's sad really that many people tell me that the only reason they work is to earn a living. It's not the same for me... this is above all a pasionate enterprise we are engaged in and too important to just be a job. We need to ensure that we all work hard but we must at the same time look after ourselves and our relationships... put simply we need to have a life! This coming week make sure that you go out and enjoy yourself. Use your time well, whatever you do do something creative, imaginative and stimulating. But also make sure that you spend time with those you love and care about and ensure that you find space for yourself.

You know work isn't about just earning a living for me either, I care too much about what we am trying to achieve and how slowly progress is being made. In 2008 how will we help each other to look after ourselves and our relationships? How will we help each other to listen to and act on advice from each other and use that to assess the perspective of others? I am willing to open up neogiations on this, are you?