My favourite teacher story

As my son is a school teacher now and I am a very proud father I have started to collect or notice teacher stories. This one below is one of my favourites, enjoy: A school teacher ran a test that had several sections, each of which contained three questions. He told the students to chooseContinue reading “My favourite teacher story”

The glide; Monday morning

The first part of a swim is the glide. One of the most important things to do in swimming is to learn ‘the glide’. This is the commitment on the wall of the pool as you start your swim training. One moment, you’re standing still, at the side able to breathe freely, and the nextContinue reading “The glide; Monday morning”

Are you a thermometer or a thermostat leader

I was sitting in the living room earlier this year watching reviews of ‘Home Tech’ and it described the evolution of governing the home temperature as technology progressed. I really think there are parallels of how a modern house is now environmentally managed and how we need to manage our organisations. A thermometer; reflects theContinue reading “Are you a thermometer or a thermostat leader”

Learning and growing

We all like the feeling that we know the most about a subject. in a room full of people, It is enticing, its makes you feel good. There is nothing wrong with a desire to know and control your environment. How would you react if I said it is hurting you, it is at leastContinue reading “Learning and growing”

Two thieves both called regret

Saturday morning down the beach hut is a day of reflection for me, a day I look back and try and see the week just passed at arms length. It is important to learn and try and improve but also not to beat yourself up too much. Regrets for the week past on events andContinue reading “Two thieves both called regret”

110%

I can’t abide the term overachiever, It’s not possible for people to rise above their level of competency. We are all in some way under achievers to varying degree. One of my bugbears are sports and business leaders saying a person gave 110 percent. How can that be possible? Coach John Wooden only ever judgedContinue reading “110%”

Not Knowing: uncertainty is your opportunity

We all like knowing things! That feeling we get when we know the most about a subject in a room full of people. This temptation is enticing, it makes you feel good. There is nothing wrong with a desire to know and control your environment. That temptation is hurting you, it’s at least holding youContinue reading “Not Knowing: uncertainty is your opportunity”

Autumn reading

As a child I would spend the autumn and winter evenings in the local library. We would get stickers for every book we read and I would spend the whole autumn – winter reading all types of books, collecting those stickers, the most I got one year was 37 stickers. I still find the autumnContinue reading “Autumn reading”

Apricity

As a lover of literature and collector of words. I would like to draw your attention to the word Apricity, which means the warmth of the sun in the winter. This term comes from the Latin meaning “to bask in the sun.” This Blog post contributor hopes you will warm to the idea of addingContinue reading “Apricity”

Fish and chips by the sea while reading books about the sea

Some weekends the pleasure of being alive is just within reach and the warmness of the moment is understandable also. It’s a gift to be alive. And each moment, each breathe we take is literally the chance of a lifetime.

No crabby pants allowed only happy clams

As I write this post the bank holiday weekend still has half of Monday left but I can say without a shadow of a doubt that it has been one of my best long weekends for ages. I am at peace with ‘the me’ down at the beach. Whether it be short walks on theContinue reading “No crabby pants allowed only happy clams”

Surprising Sunday

Sunday surprised me with some lovely blue skies, light winds and no rain. I suppose as it is a bank holiday that explains so many people walking up and down the beach paths. I hope you do forgive me for taking yet another photo of my Hut and path outside, I could take a photoContinue reading “Surprising Sunday”

OK Breathe, Orange Coloured Beach Sky;

Arrived at the beach and saw this orange coloured sky as we were unpacking. The sound of the waves, the smell of the salty sea will always be a trigger for me to relax and breathe. The Friday night long drive after a long week is always worth it once we arrive and are metContinue reading “OK Breathe, Orange Coloured Beach Sky;”

People… are interested in people

This post is not a typically reflective or cerebral post but just an observation from my experience of living next to the sea. You see the photo that accompanies this post? well you have two options as you walk along the seaside path. You can look at the majestic ocean, waves, clouds, boats, planes allContinue reading “People… are interested in people”

Beach people know this;

You don’t just spend time on the beach in the summer You are constantly told you live somewhere that people yearn to see You know that every problem is reduced by sitting near the sea When people drop rubbish on your beach you go mental Dog walkers not picking up their dog mess will resultContinue reading “Beach people know this;”

Thinking near the sea

A two week break from work at our holiday home next to the beach has been awesome, there is no better place to reflect than to sit and think in, near or on water. I don’t know why but I think better near a body of water. It fires the imagination, it provides a landscapeContinue reading “Thinking near the sea”

My Beach Hut; Margaritaville

Let me introduce you to my Beach hut; Margaritaville is her name – You can see her on Lancing Beach. I spend most weekends here with a beer doing odd DIY tasks to heep her looking ship shape, then in the evenings. we have summer BBQs and beers, In the winter; a cup of teaContinue reading “My Beach Hut; Margaritaville”