The world is unfolding beautifully around us all the time, whether we choose to acknowledge it or not. Either we choose to focus on the amazing things, or we are swept up in the never ending nonsense. Each option is there for us to lose ourselves in or to lose out in.
A study in the Journal of the American Medical Association published last month has found that lay health care workers seated at wooden ‘friendship benches’ who actively listened and offered problem solving techniques to people with common mental health disorders had a significant effect on improving the symptoms of mood disorders like depression and anxiety
“One of the great truisms in business,” says a friend of mine, a former high-flying lawyer who claims throughout his colourful career to have shared board rooms with the likes of Kerry Packer and Rupert Murdoch, “Is that people will almost never do anything when they fear they could be fired.”
“Fear is the great controller of progress.” He says.
As I reflected on his words I wondered whether the inverse of this could also be true — that people will surely do something when they believe it will lead to them advancing themselves and their careers in a positive way.
Earlier this month Prince William addressed a group of UK business leaders about their role in improving workplace mental health policy and reducing the enormous effects that this issue continues to have on the UK workforce.
I sat in awe on the sideline, shaking my head and watching the Bulldogs supporters erupt as the unknown prodigy Ben Barba zipped through the Parramatta Eels defence like a magician on his way to the try line.
“He’s a freak!” roared Garry Carden, the notoriously old-school Bulldogs trainer responsible for physically preparing the likes of Johnathan Thurston, Josh Jackson and Sonny Bill Williams.
Well, after more than 18 months of relentless hoopla the election race has finally been run, Trump triumphed against all expectations and the world continues to turn, if ever so precariously.
As the fallout continues from this most unexpected of political victories it is becoming much clearer now - thanks in part to social media and Wikileaks-