Thursday, April 2, 2020

Murder Most Foul

Bob Dylan’s epic – out now – on YouTube, Spotify etc.  A 17 minute masterpiece I’ve been listening to three times a day.  1964 in 17 minutes.  Took me back to being an impressionable, passionate teenager in Lancaster.  Cultural references range from Wolfman Jack, The Beatles, Gerry and The Pacemakers, Woodstock, The Age of Aquarius, Altamont to Gone With The Wind.

A great way to wallow in nostalgia during this time of uncertainty.

Close your eyes, close your door, listen and reflect on a ‘good day for living’ (


Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Dealing to Coronavirus

The New Zealand Institute of Wellbeing & ResilienceTM is dedicated to increasing Wellbeing for communities and companies in New Zealand.  It’s all about creating positive, effective, sustainable change.

Headed up by two co-directors and leaders, Dr Denise Quinlan and Dr Lucy Hone – from Otago and Auckland, the NZIWR has just published 12 Real-time Resilience Strategies for Coping with Coronavirus.

I plan to share all 12 points with you over the next few days/weeks – giving you time to absorb these and then to put them into practice.

Number One:

Choose where you focus your attention.

Even at the best of times, humans are hard-wired to notice threats and weakness.  During the worst of times it is more important than ever for our psychological health to tune into what’s still good in your world.  Psychologists call this ‘benefit finding’ and it is a key resilience skill.  Start your days or meetings with a quick fire round of sharing good stuff – this also builds connection.  Using the hashtag #htgs (‘hunt the good stuff’ originated in the US Army’s Military Resilience Training) works well here.


Monday, March 30, 2020

Living Life Slow

Trudy and I have been in semi-isolation in Carefree, Arizona  now for 14 days and we’ve been learning a lot about this new (temporary) way of living.

12 thoughts:
·       Stay Healthy.  Follow the rules on isolation, separation, hygiene, nutrition, supplements etc.  The information is readily available – just do it.
·       Get Fit.  Eat sensibly, hydrate and exercise.  It’s good for you physically, mentally and biologically.
·       Work on your partnership.  There’ll be tons of worry, stress, uncertainty and fear coming your way.  Stay empathetic, loving, caring and kind.  Communicate.  Listen.
·       Make time for Family and Friends.  Facetime, Skype, Zoom – fix a regular schedule as John O’Keeffe advised us last week.
·       Live Life Slow.  Make every hour count.  Take time to exercise all five senses.  Luxuriate in the thing you’ve had the least of – Time.
·       Listen to The Warm – an old Rod McKuen poem.  Which means to me – seek out the positives, look for the moments of magic, replace the fear with these magic moments.
·       Make Happy Choices.  Happiness is the greatest antidote to Fear.  Be decisive in doing a bunch of stuff that will make you happy.
·       Post a daily timetable on the fridge and stick to it.  Routine and structure make us feel secure.
·       Stand Up and Fight.  Don’t dress sloppily, don’t grab snacks – sit down and eat – and get up early; go to bed early.
·       Start every day with a list of three things you want to do, and five things that will make for a happy moment.  And do them.
·       When you’re feeling blue, tell your partner, talk to a friend, cheer up and be kind to yourself.
·       You are not alone.  We’re all in this.  And just like Smallpox, TB, Sars and Aids – we’ll get through it and get back even stronger than before.


PS:    And remember – Series 4 of Money Heist is out April 3 and Series 3 of Fauda on April 14!!

Saturday, March 28, 2020

Confessions of a Marketer

Here’s an interview I did recently with Mark Reed-Edwards on his website – Confessions of a Marketer


Friday, March 27, 2020

The Earth Began to Heal

Dawood Gustave, good man, good friend and Reluctantly Brave, sent this poem to me.

Check out the video – Kitty O’Meara, The People, An Antidote to Global Anxiety and Uncertainty on YouTube.

And the people stayed home. And read books, and listened, and rested, and exercised, and made art, and played games, and learned new ways of being, and were still. And listened more deeply. Some meditated, some prayed, some danced. Some met their shadows. And the people began to think differently.

And the people healed. And, in the absence of people living in ignorant, dangerous, mindless, and heartless ways, the earth began to heal.

And when the danger passed, and the people joined together again, they grieved their losses, and made new choices, and dreamed new images, and created new ways to live and heal the earth fully, as they had been healed."

~Kitty O'Meara'~


Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Keeping in Touch

A great idea from a couple of old P&G friends – John and Jeannie O’Keeffe.

Hi Friends

An idea. 
In the new normality we’d like to visit you but shouldn’t.
In the old world we communicated by email or What’s App; and used FaceTime mainly with family.  We didn’t use the phone to call each other to catch-up because often people were away or weren’t in, or if in wasn’t a good time for a long chat. That’s all changed. We’re all in more. And have time.
So may we visit you virtually?

There’s a second way it would be a pleasure. Currently many of us have nothing in our diaries that is certain to take place. What will we be doing next week or month? If we were visiting you physically there would be a date/time/place for each to look forward to. There always is a “pleasure in anticipation” factor. And it has applied to visits, events, following sport on TV … they are events to look forward to. But now there are fewer. But if we had a “date/time in the diary” for when we would visit you, we would not only enjoy it at the time, but look forward to it in advance (that’s why we suggest “planned” rather than “spontaneous”).

If you’d like to “visit with us … as the Americans say” please do by reply – suggest a day/time that suits you; and what method suits.

I wonder if we couldn’t make the next few months the very best period of our lives in getting joy from our friendships.

Thank you John and Jeannie.

Hi Friends.