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Living in a new world – Days at home (38)

The days seem to get longer. Given the occasion, I took today off. Much needed tbh, the last few days have been intense. Having said that, I did attend a webinar this morning which I found very useful. And I made pizza dough too. Tonight is pizza night, mummy is at work 🙂

My day started with a half marathon on the treadmill, and I finish watching John Grisham’s ‘The Firm’ on Prime. Not prime TV really, but entertaining, which is what I enjoy at the moment. I haven’t quite decided what to watch next, but Bosch has a new season out 😉

I like challenging me to a few exercise goals here and there; it was followed by a lot of quality time with the family. And I watched the rain.

On the note of watching, this video was shared on Facebook the other day. I love it, it captures the spirit of these difficult times for me. Beautiful:

As you might have noticed, I have some time today. A new device too, so I must get used to it and type a bit more on the blog today. Apologies.

My online coaching course is 99% there. If you would like a preview, try www.be-better.thinkific.comwww.be-better.thinkific.com. I hope to go live early next week.

That’s about it to be honest. It’s nice to take some time off. Whilst a lot of people have been less busy, I haven’t sat still since the lock-down. Then again, that’s not what I do.

Maybe I have more news about the family tomorrow. 1st of May too! Time to get out of here!

Stay safe, and Happy Birthday Colonel Tom!

Living in a new world – Days at home (28)

Yes, we are back…to school anyway. And no, it is all remote working.

The workload for the kids seem to go down, mine is undefined, and yes things are still slow. With Germany coming out of the lock-down, if slowly, we are all hoping similar will happen here soon too. We might be able to start planning again from in a couple of weeks’ time. Let’s see. Keep your fingers crossed.

In the meantime we continue our daily routine. Exercise, in terms of walks. I am on my path to the 2nd half marathon this month which I want to run (on the treadmill) on my birthday. An 18K warm-up this morning went well, so it’s the rest of ‘The Firm’ on Amazon that I need to finish. Nothing like entertainment during a 2 hour exercise 😉

Below is a Rainbow Sheep. We found it on one of our walks over the weekend.

Life seems peaceful, quiet and bearable atm. Like anyone I speak to, we enjoy too much wine and food. As someone said, we all get out joining the AA and WW. Who knows, keeping fit definitely helps to keep both in check for me.

Enjoy your start to the week.
Stay safe.

Sunday Column (374)

I start writing this post half way through the week. After a work do, I left in time to catch a train. London traffic resulted in me getting a later train than anticipated, yet it could have been the Uber driver as well. 20 minutes from Wardour Street to Victoria at 8 pm seems a bit off but never mind. Another 60 minutes to get home, changing trains. Two hours door to door. A long journey that adds to a busy day. I am not the only one though, most colleagues live in the suburbs so it seems.

But what you awaits at home, and the reason we moved, is well worth it. An affordable home in the country side, off street parking, free schools, no flight noise but only 30 minutes drive from Gatwick, 10 minutes to the sea, lots of outdoor activities….. And that’s the reason I don’t mind and if there are Christmas parties or longer evening events, I can always stay in town.

Anyway it was a great busy week, lots of good meetings and chats. Yet any week seems to be busy at the moment and my schedule is filled up to the end of June. I love it though. Whenever we have visitors in London from our Central European or US offices, things get really busy. One always tries to cramp as much as one can into one into any available time slots. We are getting a lot done. Onward and upwards, the next few weeks there are a few trips and exciting discussions planned. Full steam ahead!

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On the train home I started watching an Icelandic drama aired on the BBC, Trapped, which goes a bit in line with the weather here. It got a lot colder again and a bit unpleasant. You get the odd sunny day which gives you the false idea of spring. So sitting on a train at night and watching a drama which is taking place in a snow storm makes you feel extra cold. Luckily the trains are warm, and it is almost a comfort feeling of watching TV whilst looking outside the window, into the dark cold countryside.

The biggest highlight this week and the thing I am most proud of however is my wife. She not only had her birthday (HAPPY BIRTHDAY), no she ran her first half marathon. A great achievement for someone who only started running regularly just over a year ago. She caught the running bug! She raised a lot of money, made a lot of friends and generally got a lot fitter – so well done for doing that. An amazing achievement and we are mighty proud of you!!!

It goes to show that anyone with the right attitude, planning and stamina as well as motivation can achieve their set goals. Being a CHAMPION was the theme of my article on Linkedin this week. My wife is amazing! The most amazing woman I have ever met.

Those moments make you reflect a bit. About purpose in life and self fulfilment, putting yourself into perspective. Since I have been to the Natural History Museum, getting my 23andme DNA results and watching a few evolution documentaries, it has been playing on my mind to grasp the complexity of mankind. If you were to take a snapshot of a tube escalator at a busy time in London for instance, you would get a mix of races, cultures, DNAs, attitudes, intellects and illnesses. Heritage would be different for most, origin too.

Those thoughts I find mind blowing. You couldn’t even try to map the complexity. Would you do it based on origin, race, colour, culture? Those multi complex scenarios are great. It just shows the complexity of life in general. We all carry our own little ideas, heritage and life’s little secrets. But maybe this is a philosophical approach for another time.

The moments we stop to smell the roses and take it all in. The moment we think about everydays’ little events. And we think what our purpose will be. How we achieve fulfilment. I am thinking a lot about how I can contribute more to mankind. The people who have the privilege to know, have the duty to act (Einstein). I shall keep thinking.

As so often, I am sitting on the train again. This time going to work. I had a great night sleep, six solid hours, done a 10K run this morning and there is still a lot of energy left for me to get through this day. Because I am buzzing. I am on duty.

Life is good.

Best wishes,
Volker

Einstein

Sunday Column (372)

Happy Valentines Day. I hope you spoilt your loved one today with some nice lunch, dinner or a glass of bubbly. Or all of it. Being in love is the greatest thing in the world, whether this is fresh or fresh every day for many years. I haven’t stopped loving my wife for many years and Valentines Day, as commercially driven as it is, just helps me remembering how important she is to me. The challenge is that once Valentines has passed, there is in quick succession of my wife’s birthday and then Mother’s day – so she only ever gets flowers in Q1. Just kidding, but I think that those days should be more spread out. I make sure they are of course 😉

Happy Birthday Rohan! My little man turned 5 this week. Scalextric, a group of friends after school and lots of ice-cream, sweets and cake made his day. Boy, was he excited when he came down the stairs. When he went to school. When he came out of school. No surprise he fell into bed early, totally exhausted. He had a fantastic day. So did I. I was exhausted by the end too. However, there is nothing like seeing your kids enjoying a party, playing with their friends and having lots of fun. It is great for them to let go, just being kids!

Happy Birthday Opa!

Happy Fundraising! My wife managed to raise close to 500 GBP for her half marathon so far which she is doing at the end of the month. I am very proud of her. Not only the training, but constantly pushing herself out of her comfort zone to raise money, to push boundaries and make it happen. She was so nervous about it yet done such a fantastic job. I cannot wait her crossing the finish line and then moving on to finish a marathon later this year. Jen, you have done so well!

Happy Feet! Yes, this might sound funny, but I had my first ever reflexology massage last week. I wanted to do that for a long time, and kept putting it off for a few years. Whilst I am not sure if it was me being very tired or the massage, or a combination of both, but I fell asleep during the massage. Yet, the only thing I can say is that it has been an amazing experience. If I say it was like taking drugs, never did I take any drugs really, but that’s what it must be like. An experience I cannot wait to repeat. The body and its parts are replicated on your feet, and by massaging your feet, your lymph system in your body gets drained and pressure releases. It is amazing!

Then, in last weekend’s FT, I read a quote from Simon Blackburn, a philosopher. He was asked ‘what drives him on’ and he answered “Myself. It’s internal, it’s not for money, not for fame; it’s me, it’s what I do”. That quote sums up a lot of my thinking and strongly resonates with me.

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I have a lot of drive and I’d be lying if I said that I wouldn’t work for money. As I get older however, it is more about recognition and satisfaction. That of course is because I get a higher salary which automatically eradicates the drive to earn more and more money. Having said that, I am not greedy, but constantly striving and of course want and ‘need’ to earn more cash 🙂 You should make hay while the sun shines, shouldn’t you? I am truly engaged in my job and industry, and I am really enjoying what I am doing. I do that for me. What drives me on is me, the achievement for me and my career. And if that gets rewarded, that is nice and fine, but the inner drive to be successful, to make things happen, that is me! That is the Ballueder drive and conviction. That’s who I am. If I don’t work I work on private projects. On the next productivity book, on some thoughts, some articles, or for my start-up. And I love it, but the drive is internal more than anything else.

I write this as I pull into Victoria Station in London. I am wondering, having lived here for over 10 years, always south of the river, how often I must have passed the bridge, Battersea power station and seen the buildings going up around it. It must have been close to a thousand or two thousand times. And I will do that again, or triple that. I am only in the first third of my career, the first 10 years of where I am going.

But let’s finish the journey for the day. We test drove more cars this weekend, and I think we are coming closer to a decision. I am off for a few days next week, so lots of family time during half term.

Life is good. No complains.

Love and Kindness,
Volker