Friday, 1 January 2016

Shine a Light

Day 33 (Saturday 2nd January 2016)
33 percent of the world's adequate or high-quality food-producing land has
been lost over past 40 years, a speed surpassing nature's ability to replace diminished soil.
It takes 500 years to form 2.5 cm of topsoil under normal agricultural conditions.
For many of us, today is the day of lull, perhaps going to the gym or clearing up and replenishing stores, after a period of partying, rest and reunion. New year's resolutions abound and most of us are looking forward. Today's post slightly touches on the concept of resolutions, but not just as a fad for the New Year. This blog has been submitted by Mark Catchlove, the Director of the Insight Group for Herman Miller's EMEA region. Mark and I share a passion for the working environment. I first encountered Mark on Twitter (you can follow him too - his handle is @markcatchlove). He writes an excellent blog and his thinking is often at the cutting edge of workplace thinking. Mark is musical - an enthusiastic and accomplished singer and guitarist. He grew up in Kent, the "Garden of England" - perhaps that is why he has a fine appreciation of fundamental human needs and the pleasure of great surroundings.


Comet tails and coal dust made me think of Light and Darkness

We live in dark times. The reality is we have always lived in dark times.

But in darkness, there is still the opportunity for a light to shine. That light can be you.

  • When someone is in need, you can be available.
  • When someone lacks confidence, you can build them up.
  • When someone needs to talk, you can listen intently.
  • When someone needs advice, you can be their sage.
  • When someone needs to belong, you can welcome them in.
  • When someone wants to scream, you can ask them why.
  • When someone feels left out, you can pull them in.
  • When someone needs to laugh, you can be their clown.
  • When someone needs protection, you can be their shield.

Because you never know .... that someone might just be you.

Be a comet tail shining brightly ...........

Comet Hale-Bopp with its blazing tail 

Have a wonderful New Year - and be there to shine a light.

"There's a light...over at the Frankenstein place..." 

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