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Archive entries for: May-2012

Making a difference

Categories:  Personal development

Last week was very inspiring. I have been working with ASDA and I have to say I always feel so inspired whenever I work with this organisation. Their strap line for service is happy to help and it strikes me that this is a business that engenders a culture that motivates people to be very happy to go to work! It is a great business with enthusiastic people who want to make a difference.

It made me really ponder the concept of making a difference and how the key to a happy life is about discovering our purpose. When my friend Melanie's son Matthew was little, he used to ask people, "What are you for?" What a great question! I wonder how often we stop and ask ourselves the same question?

When we can clearly define our purpose it helps us to shape our existence and in turn will help others around us. I believe that a positive purpose has to be the ultimate feel good factor. It is the key that ignites us to feel more motivated and happy about our lives.

When I wake up believing that I can add value to the world around me it gives me the life force and energy that sometimes may be lacking on days when I perhaps don’t feel so good. If you haven’t defined your purpose yet then you have the opportunity right here, right now to embark on an exciting voyage of discovery.

According to some philosophies, our purpose is the central key to living a positive human life. Others believe that our purpose is not fixed and instead we can freely choose what we want it to be. It is, indeed, a deeply philosophical debate.

For some people, a purpose in life is an essential and fundamental aim, and for other people, fulfilment and purpose is halted by fear of failure or lack of motivation or just a blind desire to want to pleasure seek for themselves only .

It would appear, however, that people who have meaning and purpose in their lives are happier, feel more in control and get more out of everything they do. They also experience less stress, less anxiety and are less prone to experience prolonged bouts of depression.

I love this story about the little boy and the starfish, it demonstrates that we all have a value and with positive intention we can all make a difference no matter how great or how small.

 

StarfishOne day a man was walking along the beach when he noticed a small boy picking something up and gently throwing it into the ocean. Approaching the boy, he asked, "What are you doing?"

The little boy who was called Tom replied, "I am saving all the starfish that have been stranded on the beach. The surf is up and the tide is going out and if I don’t throw them back, they will die".

The man looked around and noticed that there were miles and miles of beach and literally thousands of starfish.

He looked at the beach again and then at Tom and said, "Well, you won’t make much of a difference, will you?"

After listening politely, Tom bent down, picked up another starfish, and threw it back into the sea. Then, looking up, Tom smiled and said to the man, "I made a difference for that one".

 

You're the only one who can make the difference.

Whatever your dream is, go for it.

Earvin Magic Johnson

 

Count your blessings

Categories:  Personal development

I have just returned from a trip to Ethiopia working with the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa. I feel very fortunate to have spent some time with such a wonderful group of people and as with any of my trips away with the UN I feel enriched for the experience.

United Nations Economic Commission for AfricaAdis Abada is the capital city of Ethiopia and is often referred to as "the political capital of Africa", due to its historical, diplomatic and political significance for the continent. The city is populated by people from many different regions of Ethiopia with over 100,000 people living on the streets. Witnessing extreme poverty is a humbling experience and most certainly makes me count my blessings of which I have so many. Whilst everything I believe is relative it does make me appreciate that I am very fortunate to live in a society where we have so much more available to us.

A while ago I was doing some work in Ethiopia. On my way to work each morning, I passed a crippled man sitting in the street who each day would smile and say hello. I stopped one morning to see what he was making and noticed that he had a small box with a few plastic pens. They looked rather old and worn. He was however transforming them by very slowly and cleverly weaving the colours of the Ethiopian flag in fine thread in yellow and green and red. I complimented him on his workmanship to overcome the language barrier and saw the pride in his eyes.

Each day I noticed that just a few more pens piled up in his box and I asked him how long it took to do each one. With lots of gestures I learned that he managed to do about six in a day. As I looked at his gnarled and crippled hands I realised that each one took a great deal of effort.

On my last day there I decided to buy some of the pens for my friends and family. As I walked towards him he smiled and handed me a pen and as I dipped into my pocket to pay, he shook his head and insisted I took the pen. It was a gift. This gesture touched me to the core. The fact that he could give so generously when he had so little made my heart sing.

The generosity of human spirit never ceases to surprise me and to quote from the wonderful creed for life that is Desiderata – with all its sham drudgery and broken dreams it is still a beautiful world …with beautiful people…so be cheerful and strive to be happy.

If you would like a copy of Desiderata email me on liggy@liggywebb.com

The joy of blogging

Categories:  Personal development

This is my first proper blog. As a writer I really ought to have embraced blogging long ago however with all good intentions I never seemed to have got around to it. No more excuses! I made a decision that on May 1st 2012 I would fully embark on the joy of blogging!!

I do actually like the term blog – so much more catchy than web log - and it’s quite exciting that I now have a new vocation in life. I am officially, as of today, a blogger. This sounds like fun to me.

There are three bloggers who have inspired me Richard Denny, Colin Gautrey and Jacky Leonard. All of whom write inspiring, entertaining and informative blogs.

My hope is that my blogs will add value to people’s lives. The theme will be very much focused on positive thinking, resilience and modern life skills. These three key areas I have discovered through my research, writing and presentations are so important with regards to helping improve the quality of people’s lives. I want to make a difference. I want to support people to be able to cope better with some of the adversity and challenges that life throws our way. Life can be very difficult and with stress related illness almost common place people need more support to be able to cope better and I am dedicated to doing what I can to help others.

I am very excited that, from some of the feedback I receive, what I do helps people to look at things from a different perspective. To challenge and change some of their thinking. I like to think of myself as “perceptionist” – I credit this term to my friend Jacky as so often I am faced with “realists” who on occasions attempt to marginalise the concept of optimism in the face of a necessary reality check!

Reality in my opinion is about perspective. We have the choice to view any situation any way we want to. I choose to be an optimist and I choose to believe that out of every crisis situation there is an opportunity. Life is what you make it and, through my blogs, I have every intention of helping others to positively improve the quality of their lives by changing some of their habits and perspectives. We are all people in progress with unlimited potential. It is so exciting to imagine what we are capable of and what life has in store for us all.

This Happy Pack is a good place to start http://www.liggywebb.com/happy_2012.pdf