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Sunday Column (180)

Just one of those weeks I guess. A tad stressful but an ok week I suppose. Too much booze but good catch ups. Good nights and chats but no gym training due to a sore foot, just not my week I suppose. And to finish the week off I pulled a muscle in my upper back, eating pain killers like chocolate raisins. I am getting older I suppose.

You know, some weeks, and normally the ones with the unpleasant muggy weather, one just never gets on top of anything. You run out of time, assume train times, miss connections, get delayed. Like a pattern you attract these things. Happens. Line drawn. The universe? What have I done?

You know some weeks, you think you live in paradise. You find out a neighbour gets burgled, and someone tries to steal a cash machine from your local bank. Did we move to the wrong place? Have we made all the right decisions? Are we good? Will the universe be good to us? Will we find our positive energy again?

Of course we will. All things work out at the end, and eating the elephant in small pieces will get us there eventually. Then again if we had won the 148 million in the lottery jackpot this week, we could have accelerated a lot of things. Including retirement 😉

I was thinking about challenges this week, those tasks you have in front of you. The ones that get you out of your comfort zone, get you going, get you learning. All here, all good. That is important to me. That makes me. If those challenges are gone, I will not survive for long, I will seek new ones. I must be crazy I think sometimes. I just cannot relax and chill. Onwards and upwards. Over and over again.

Like an Olympic athlete I suppose. Always be ready, ready to win. To fight. To go the extra mile. To sacrifice. To be the one. To be positive. Yeah! Chaka!

Now the week ended with me presenting my productivity deck at work again. It has been over a year since I last presented it but I still find it useful to my staff. The reason is mainly to create awareness of your energy household, your needs, your aims and objectives and what you really want in life. It is about finding your own path and your own balance. This includes work-life balance but also spiritual balance, dietary balance and physiological balance. I did what I enjoy most: teaching and coaching useful things. Each slide could have been an hour presentation. A seminar. A session.

The weekend was quiet-ish. My back hindered me to do much. A low in DIY enthusiasm, we spend the Saturday chilling out as a family. Sunday on the other hand we went to visit friends in Winchester. They just had a baby boy and it was really good to see them.

It has been a long week, an interesting week. The sun is out and watching the boys in the garden gives me the greatest joy. Walking in the quiet cul-de-sac meeting the neighbours. Potting new plants. Playing and sitting with the boys in the garden watching the world go by. Relaxation. Family.

We arrived.

Have a great week.
Volker

Sunday Column (176)

I believe it would be good to speak about happiness this week. Mainly because I realise how happy I am at the moment. And, how lucky I am. And there could be nothing else but sharing my happiness with a wider audience.

I arrived. Our house is slowly shaped into the form we want it to be: the garage is sorted, still some doors to be done, the wine is ordered, the wine shelves, the garden is getting into shape etc. etc. An endless list but there is a light at the end of the tunnel. We seem to be getting somewhere and sorting things out. So we are happy about that. And it is a great happiness.

If we look around us. We have two beautiful children, I have a great job, we living the dream really. Often people don’t realise they do and don’t stop and think about it. But I thought it would be a nice thing to do. We didn’t win the lottery, we still need to work, pay off the mortgage but we are healthy and happy.

Stop.
Hold on for a second.
Look around you and appreciate what you have.
Don’t worry about what you could have.
Don’t worry about money.
Live the moment and make the most of what you already have.

We are happy to have arrived at a place where we feel safe, feel out of the city, where we can relax and just be ourselves. Isn’t that fantastic?

It also has another very positive effect. The moment of “coming home”. Arriving at a place you enjoy and like, where your family is, your home, your castle. With my frequent travel like this week to Dublin, I now enjoy the moment I get back home. Or I’d say I enjoy it even more. Those home coming moment, stepping in from the cold and wet to find a glass of red wine, a nice light and your wife and kids waiting for you. Priceless.

I might sound a bit sentimental, or like the MasterCard ad, but I truly enjoy how things are progressing and changing. I love my life! Could you wish for more?

Maybe a bit off topic, but I am amazed what you can all buy on Amazon. I didn’t know Amazon has such a vast variety of stuff to buy. From light fittings to TVs to electrical goods, books, pet supplies …it is fantastic. On my phone, ipad or laptop. One click away from almost anything. Sorry I really had to mention this, looking at my inbox being the majority of emails from Amazon.

Other than that not too much was happening this week. Sorting things, removing asbestos, flying to Dublin and back, sorting things, being busy at work, working from home on my standing table and fighting the man-flu. Was that all?

I got a few more fish. We got a new freezer. The wine arrived.

Another 7 days. July is passing very quickly. And I am still missing the sun!

Have a great week,
Volker