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Sunday Column (380)

If I look back at this week, it was a funny one to be honest. People are back from their Easter break, heads down, on with their work. So I had days at work just catching up on admin, last minute meeting cancellations and then days where I went from meeting to meeting. Some weeks are like that – not one is the same as the other. I suppose it is good for variety.

Evenings were filled with watching Outlander on Amazon Prime on Amazon Prime. Found some awesome Outlander Quotes, see one here. The wife and I finally found a series we both enjoy. I also watch Bosch, a police drama, which is ideal for treadmill runs. No thinking required whatsoever!

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I also managed to catch up with a few friends this week which was nice. What I realise more and more is that one gets so busy doing things, that one can loose focus on the little, enjoyable things in life. Like meeting friends. Like making that difference to one particular person. It is great though and often I am sitting there on the train home, thinking it was a really good day. Most days anyway.

The bathroom arrived too. The next three weeks we are getting our wet rooms done and that will conclude house renovation part ‘one’. Means we have done the front door, back door, garage door, asbestos removal, downstairs loo, downstairs kitchen and living room completely with fire place, upstairs carpet, ceilings, floor boards, most radiators in the house and now the bathroom(s). Forgot anything? Once through, hurray. Last thing on the list is some garden work and the driveway which we hope to have done in May.

Then the new motor. I had another look on Saturday and we are test driving the car again soon. We made up our minds, and given the finance options, we might be able to do it as early as May….then we have to wait a few months to get it of course. We shall see. One step at a time. Oh, yes, the Skoda Superb with most the trimmings.

I ramped up my exercise routine this week also. After a 10 mile run (16K) on Sunday I swam on Monday and did 2 kettle bell sessions and two 10K this week. I am feeling fitter than ever, yet don’t seem to get enough quality sleep. I am struggling with lots of things going on in my mind atm. And this causes me a headache I am not sure how to get rid of.

Whilst I wouldn’t call it stress, there is strain on decisions and from discussions I am having. Sometimes when you wake up and think about things, it is difficult to go back to sleep. Yet my cats keep me company, they are settling in and got their last injection this week too. That means they can all go outside as of this week. Hurray. We are getting there. They are still a bit coy to venture outside but they have been. Of course Lula got herself locked into a neighbour’s garage on her first outing. The joys.

Guess life is about patience. The famous roses and perspective. Another great podcast this week said that you only create barriers in your mind. I tend to agree. Reading about Elon Musk who founded both SpaceX and Tesla, you realise human potential and what we are capable of doing. Yet not everyone is willing to take the same risk.

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Tony Robbins nicely summarised it with his human needs. Some people are more security driven then others. Some need more love and growth and others might thrive more on contribution and adventure. We are all individuals. And looking at it from a corporate perspective, a company needs to adjust to every one’s needs. Not just one person’s or the other’s. So understanding the individual, their goals, their background and what makes them thrive is key to being a good manager.

The reason I bring that up is that I am going through a bit of a recruitment spree at work, adding to the team and in the process restructuring some processes. That is fun and never ends. Not without challenges of course but great learning. As a company we are transitioning too, and are in a very sweet spot of our industry. Full steam ahead. I am excited!

One must trust the universe and that things fall into place. Having the above patience and enough stamina. That’s key to success in my view. Things never go as planned and nothing ever comes easy. Hard work always pays off and in the end we are going to be ok. Trust. That’s key to anything I suppose. Any relationship.

Let me leave you with those thoughts. It is just before 7 am on one of those days that I drafted my post. With the real time streaming on Facebook and Twitter, maybe I should consider a ‘Ballueder Video Blurb’ from the breakfast table. Maybe one day 😉

Have a great week and stay safe.
Volker

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Sunday Column (205)

This week started really on Sunday night with us having had friends over for dinner. I feel like I am really settling in and enjoy life in our community. Other parents, kids, activities, sharing. Latter seems key to build good relationships. We have long arrived in Hassocks and go with the flow. Probably one of the best things I have done in life so far. Settling down.

On that note it has been a year this week that we sold our old house and put an offer in on the current place. Time flies.

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On Tuesday I started running again. I find myself very unbalanced on Mondays. This is due to back-to-back meetings and follow ups you never really get on top of, followed by discussions, frustration, joy and curiosity. In other words: Mondays seem to be a roller coaster ride and you never know what happens. Tuesday results in lots of follow ups.

I tend to either fast on Mondays or if I have a meeting I aim to eat reduced calories: salad, lean ham, no bread. Latter was the case this week. Anyway…

Whilst running on Tuesday I watched the BBC’s/Dave Attenborough’s Africa report. When I was a teenager I red Grizmek’s Serengeti shall not die and was fascinated by the continent back then. I had a chance to go to a Kenyan wedding a few years ago but just couldn’t afford it. Now with the kids and the political instability in most states, I am not sure if I would dare to go. Having said that I was in Egypt a few years ago for work.

As a child I loved animals. Most children do I suppose. I loved the wildlife of Africa. From the beetles to the lions. The metamorphosis and evolution as well as adaption of wildlife to a hostile environment in some parts is amazing. It still seems like an untouched place, the birthplace of mankind, mystical, dangerous yet amazing, vast and calming at the same time. I love Africa.

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One day I will visit it. Maybe a safari or so. With the family. Until then it will be a dream. Friends of mine used to live there. Someone I know still does. I have chosen to stay, to finish university, find a job, settle down, have a family and pursue a career. Others have decided to follow their (own) dreams, found a family on the way and will eventually settle down. Pros and cons. I follow my (own) dream. Ever since I was 17 or so I wanted to be a manager. I never really knew what a manager does. Managing things I suppose 🙂 I follow my dream, however it might not have been too exciting. However, exciting enough for me.

On Wednesday I met another potential extra curricular activity in London. I walked away from that meeting being amazed. Having thought that I have seen most, experienced a lot, those guys just added to it. I believe that might have been it. Decision made. Would they want me to join? I don’t know. Again, it will take a while until I find out and make a final final decision. I keep you posted 😉

I finished reading “How to win in the sports of business” this week. Mark Cuban describes his entrepreneurial life story which is quite fascinating. Keep at it, get your teeth into what you are doing and take risks. Loved reading every word of it.

It has been an interesting week with lots of facets of life. Some disappointing ones but I work on that. Not even for me but for other folk. I more and more experience the WE of happening. Not to worry about myself but about my fellow colleagues and friends which then in return will work in my favour. The Secret. The greater unconscious. The greater good. Life is falling into place and I am in the middle of it. At least that’s how it feels. And it is a great feeling when you think the universe is moving into the right direction.

Before I waffle on too much, let me finish here. A networking party this week, a good start into February and long days at the weekend best describe the rest of my week. New faces, ideas and lots to think about. I am loving my life at the moment. Make sure you love yours. Be in it. Live it!

Onwards and upwards.
Have a good one,
Volker

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