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Sunday Column (315)

How has your week been?
How often did you hug your kids this week and tell them that you love them?
How often did you have the fire on, sat back and enjoyed the atmosphere in your living room – your home?

I did that a lot this week.
I also invested in a few new apps, optimising the set up of my MacBook Air. I am, after getting an external screen, now fully equipped to own a productivity machine at home rather than a ‘laptop’. New 2do app and SimpleMind mind-mapping will increase my productivity, making me less dependent on my iPad and having all tools in one place. I am pleased. My new post on productivity over at Linkedin is doing well. I got a lot done this week!

Also, this week started with great news. If the official confirmation will happen tomorrow, I was tested for some potential “illness” which of course I didn’t believe I had. Yet it had been a roller coaster ride, thinking “what if” and “what would happen to the family”. It makes you think, and gladly it came out this way. Maybe it was too premature to assume anything, but one has to check things out. I don’t think it was ever that dramatic, or I was ever really considering the option that anything bad would happen, but it was on my mind. It eats into your thoughts and it does affect your everyday thoughts. Yet it is over now, it is, and tomorrow I should get the official “all clear”. I am grateful.

And given all those videos on Facebook and elsewhere, showing how people don’t help other people that need help made me think too. I finished Anthony Robbins’ latest book on finance and investing and he finishes it off in terms of: ‘make a difference and help others if you can’. He started to pay for other people’s Thanksgiving dinners. Now he is paying for and helping millions of people get fed. Take a massive action to make this world a more positive place. Today. NOW!

Take massive action

What did I learn, thinking about the scenarios? I learned how to prioritise family. How to be with the family more. More intensive and giving them more attention. Putting my phone and distractions aside. How to cherish the moment, and how to enjoy life. Yet did I really? Yes, it made me think a whole lot and I am improving. I make sure I am. You know when you think of this lottery win, what you would buy and what you could do with the money? One is going on a similar “mind ride” yet less positive. And the lottery win as anything else might never happen, but you never know either.

I don’t think I am a better human because of it, and I don’t want to overdramatise things at all. Yet I like to think that the possibility of not being there in the future, so soon, gave me food for thought.

The rest of the week was less eventful. To be honest, I could do with a week that wasn’t. The first week for months without travel, without back to back meetings and a more relaxed atmosphere at work. It is nice to be able to take it easy-ish for a week 😉 More travel again next week.

My knee after some running two weeks ago is still sore. I had enough todo at work, attended lots of client meetings, a conference and followed up on a lot of stuff. Yet it was nice to not have to work 24/7 for a week and managing to see the family a lot.

At the weekend we had a spontaneous visit from the family: my cousin and husband were here. We also went for a forest educational walk organised by the friends of my oldest’ school. It is nice to be involved in the community and feel at home in the village. A new car tyre, a chat with the local Scots and pulled pork and wine was just what I needed. Not being able to run makes you sluggish but I hope to be back up and running (literally) very soon.

Next week is already the last week of March. This quarter, as aforementioned, really flew by. It is good, I love what I am doing and there are lots of prospects moving forward. 2015 is going to be amazing.

Take massive actions NOW. Don’t waste time thinking about doing good. Just do it. We are here to make a dent in the universe, start somewhere today.

Have a great week,
Volker

Sunday Column (89)

It has been a week of ups and mostly downs. The week started with great progress at work and fantastic, promising meetings. However, the magic day was Wednesday.

Wednesday, 10th of November 2010. I went to the doctors re my hips and knees and was “discharged” – no more problems or physical “disabilities”, e.g. shortness of one leg. So no more insoles, the doctor ok’d it. So it was a great start in the day, and it was sunny too. What could have changed that day. When I left the office just before 8 pm and went for a quick drink with my two colleagues I didn’t think anything would happen. But, between 21.15 and 21.45 someone managed to steal my laptop rucksack next to the chair I was sitting at. None of my colleagues or I noticed. And it was a heavy bag. What I don’t understand: I touched the bag with my foot every 2 minutes or so to make sure it was still there, the pub wasn’t busy and hence I didn’t think to remove my portable hard drive and put it in my jacket.

Hence at 21.45 I was stone sober again (after 2 glasses of wine) as I realised the work laptop, my hard drive, the internet dongle, my personal diary and notebook as well as the online banking code generator had disappeared. Also included in the bag were 12 Tesco bags from earlier shopping, my home insurance quote and Tony Blair’s book which I was about to finish. So if anyone can lend me the last 200 pages this would be much appreciated. Whilst I lost a lot of data most I could retrieve from our server, and emails are all stored server side. I am about to get a new laptop, still had a bag, and slowly getting my life back. But someone having betrayed me and taking things away from me, intruding my personal life, is just disgusting. I know I should have been less careless, e.g. I underestimated the danger of the situation (which I usually don’t, and I am usually very paranoid to watch my bag or even carry it to the toilet with me). Of course it is my mistake but it is scary to see how quickly people can come and steal things next to you without you noticing it. Onwards and upwards. All data was password protected, besides the person that stole is most likely sold it for drugs and wasn’t in the slightest interested in my holiday snaps, or could access them.

On a more funny side Colin decided this week to take my blackberry cover and hide it in the nappy bag. It took us a few hours to find it. He is great, growing up fast. He develops his own character, needing more attention and wants to be picked up, to be held, wants to see what is going on etc. It is fantastic. A friend of ours just got a son too, and it is great to see families growing. Unfortunately he seems to have a stomach bug but hopefully he will be good again soon.

I have to say, looking at the Wednesday experience, I wasn’t hurt, my family is healthy, and the chances of identity fraud are rather small (but possible of course). I am glad I didn’t get robbed, knifed or shot.

Anyway, I finished the week on a high with a visit from a very good friend from back home. Uwe stayed with us all weekend, and the 4+1 of us had a great time. Good to have seen you again, and thanks for coming all the way to see us. And, of course, thanks for helping me putting up those very expensive shelves. Even Jen admitted that it wasn’t my fault them falling down but it is the wall. Good to have friends, and even better if you were closer (or I was).

I believe next week can only get better, and of course busier.

Have a good one.
Volker