Follow your heart… Everything else is secondary.

I was going to write a long, rambling piece mourning the loss of Steve Jobs which I, like many people who have held him as one of their hero’s feel today but there are no words I can come up with, nor have I read today (with the possible exception of this from John Gruber) which can sum up the death and the life of Steve Jobs as well has he has done himself:

 

Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.

Steve Jobs, Stanford Commencement Speech – 2005

Steve Jobs. 1955-2011 – Businessman, Entrepreneur, Genius… Dreamer… Idol… Man.

Why I’m an atheist

Ok, let me first say that this topic may be NSFW (not safe for work) because I’m going to mention things teenage boys do in their bathroom and also talk about religion which some people might find uncomfortable having on screen in a work context.

I guess the title should be self explanatory. I’m a atheist. I don’t believe in a divine all powerful deity. I don’t believe in heaven or hell (except in this world). I don’t believe in life after death. I don’t believe in anything which requires me to withhold questions and the search for evidence and just accept things I’m told on faith.

But it wasn’t always so… It may surprise you to know that I actually seriously considered a life in the (catholic) priesthood. Continue…

Parting is such sweet sorrow…

After a mere 5 months I’m departing my position at TUI UK&Ireland today. This is not anything to do with the job, the organisation or the people at TUI but a leap of faith into something new for me and my family.

On few occasions when I’ve departed an organisation have I been as conflicted as I am at leaving TUI. Usually when you leave it’s because you’ve done what you came to do or you’ve given up on the organisation in some way. I have neither. There is so much (interesting) work to do at TUI and the organisation is so vibrant (in difficult times for the travel industry) that I feel quite guilty leaving but I’m also excited by the new ventures I’m pursuing.

It’s been  a roller-coaster 5 months in TUI, probably, in many ways, the most intense 5 months I’ve experienced in many years but, like a roller-coaster, it’s also been incredibly invigorating and exciting.

To all my colleagues and friends at TUI I want to say a huge thank you for your support, effort, challenge and friendship over the last 5 months. I hope you continue to pursue your future with the same talent, bravery and vigour as I’ve seen you do in the last 5 months.

If you will permit me this small cliche: “This is not goodbye, merely ‘au revoir'”

Act, don’t React.

This week I’ve let someone very important down in a massive way that I feel incredibly guilty about.

The details of the what and why aren’t important but what is important is the how.

There was no malicious intent, no ignorance, no procrastination or any failure to act on my part there was just a phenomonally bad failure in judgement and “thinking things through” which was all borne out of reacting instead of acting.

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Survival is not enough

A life lived without passion or joy is no life, it’s mere existence.

There are the things we need to do to survive and then there are the things which make life worth living. In the fast paced modern world it’s all too easy to forget that the priority of these is the latter is at least equal or even higher than former.

Embrace your passions, seek out your joys, pursue your dreams and fight as hard for your happiness as you do for your survival.

Bereavement Leave

Found this joke on http://www.afunnyjoke.co.uk/

Bereavement Leave

This is no excuse for missing work. There is nothing you can do for dead friends, relatives or co-workers. Every effort should be made to have non-employees attend to the arrangements. In rare cases where employee involvement is necessary, the funeral should be scheduled in the late afternoon. We will be glad to allow you to work through your lunch hour and subsequently leave one hour early.

I find this particularly funny because it once happened to me!

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Hugs

I have been writing this morning but the piece is proving longer than I anticipated to finish…

Instead, this little thought:

I’ve just been given an unexpected (because she’s usually asleep when I leave) hug and snuggle from my daughter. Is there anything better in the world than that simple expression of love and affection from one human being to another? I don’t think so.

Therefore, from me to you, whoever you are, wherever you are: BIG HUG from me!

Have a great day! Continue…

Nothing

I’ve just started a new job and in an effort to put my life into a proper order I’ve set up a schedule where I get up in the morning at 5:30am, shower, eat breakfast and then write for an hour before setting off for work (an hours commute away).

This morning I’m a bit at a loss. I literally have nothing to say – Anyone who knows me well will understand that this is an almost impossible thing to imagine. :)

If you’re reading this, perhaps you could help me by suggesting something I could write about tomorrow? I’m not “writer-blocked” or anything like that I’m just temporarily topicless.

Help!