New Year. New Approach. New Angel

My apologies for the delay in writing my blog. It seems that there is no pause anymore between one year and the next. I returned from holiday early January and it has been non stop running. What ever happened to that week or ten day period where it was quiet; no pressure, relaxed, and time for reflection to prepare the new year.

We are all under so much pressure to produce more and more in less and less time. Sometimes, it feels like we are an orange that is being squeezed to make orange juice. The difference is that instead of accepting that the orange is empty, we, our employers, or our clients think that there is still more juice to be squeezed out. You can only stretch the rubber band so much before it snaps.

Do you get many social phone calls at work? How are you? How is the family? What have you been doing? How is your health? Gossip. etc. Very few people call just to tell an anecdote, a joke, a funny story, or an inspiring incident. This merry go round is moving too fast and there is no brake.

Stop. Why don’t we all call someone tomorrow, just to say hi. Share a joke or a funny story. Tell an inspiring anecdote, or a quote. Take time for each other. What a nice surprise it would be for each of us if we start taking time for each other by showing our humanity.This miniscule break might be the transitional period that we have lost in the last few years, particularly if we do this consistently. In the past, a letter was fast enough, now an email is not fast enough as a means of communication. I like the idea of slow food. Let’s do the same for life and call it living.

We are living in a time when if you can balance three spinning plates on three sticks, you are rewarded with a fourth. And then a fifth. -Stephan Rechtshaffen

Angel of the Month:

While I was in Thailand on holiday with my family, I took a cab. The cab driver, named Khun Som, was quite cheerful in spite of the massive traffic jam with which he was confronted. We started to have a conversation, in my poor thai. I mentioned that the skytrain and metro were going to be expanded significantly. Khun Som seemed quite happy about the development. That puzzled me. I asked if the expansion of the public transport system wouldn’t be a problem for him as a taxi driver. Those working in that profession make very little money. The average taxi fare is about 50-60 baht (a little less than 1 Euro). He said yes “it will be a problem for me, but never mind. It will be very good for Bangkok, for the people and the environment”. When I heard that I knew that Khun Som was the Angel of the Month.

It is easy to try to be generous as long as you don’t lose anything. For someone who has so little, to be willing to sacrifice that for the benefit of society is for me the epitome of a true angel. Congratulations Khum Som.