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Category: Reflection

Reflection: Mental Health

13th May 2024

I’m sorry to start on a low, but let me begin with some statistics that I found while researching Mental Health Awareness Week.  Every year, 1 in 4 people suffer from a mental health problem, and the number of young people struggling with mental health has doubled since 2017.  Suicide is now the biggest killer…

Reflection: Volunteering

13th May 2024

Volunteering is a word whose meaning is well understood by modern-day culture; however, I believe that the attitude with which it is expected to be done is far less grounded.  Many say that by volunteering for a cause, be it a House charity event such as the pancake race, or at a local food bank,…

Reflection: Mentoring

23rd April 2024

“Do or do not.  There is no try.”  A quote from Yoda, a character in the 1980’s Star Wars film, Empire Strikes Back.  Where Yoda shows great wisdom to teach Luke to focus on the present and demonstrates, as a great mentor does, how to give support and how to offer challenges that permit one…

Reflection: Innovation

11th March 2024

When we think of innovation, we often think of grand milestones, such as the first mass production of a car, or the people behind those milestones, like Henry Ford; however, there is much more to innovation than just the gleaming achievements.  Innovation takes hard work, passion, and belief, which often go unnoticed.  If Ford did…

International Women’s Day

4th March 2024

When considering our aspirations and goals, we often have specific individuals who have already achieved what we aspire to at the forefront of our minds, and often those considered by men, are men. Whether Bill Gates, Ben Ainslie, Jamie Dimon, or Adrian Newey, studies show that male role models have the advantage in the male…

Reflection: Respect

22nd January 2024

“Respect was invented to cover the empty place where love should be” is a quotation from Leo Tolstoy’s novel Anna Karenina and remains central to my understanding of the concept of respect.  To illustrate why I think this rather controversial statement has merit, I would like to recount an event that occurred when I was…

Aspiration

15th January 2024

At the most basic level, aspiration can be summarised as the desire to achieve a goal; however, to me, it is a far more complex idea.  Aspiration to me represents the driving force behind some of the greatest achievements in human history.  It holds the power to turn the ordinary into the extraordinary and allows…

Reflection: Kindness

3rd January 2024

At its most basic level, kindness is making a sacrifice to make someone else’s life better.  The sacrifice may be as small as giving away your last cookie or as big as donating a kidney but ultimately it is recognising that another’s gain is worthy of your loss.  And the magic of it is this….

Reflection: Organisation

4th December 2023

Writing this on Sunday night, I found it ironic that I was reflecting on organisation today.  But here we are.  The most useful definition I found find online of Organisation was “to arrange parts by creating a structure”. During the summer, my screen time increased a lot.  An abundance of time with little things to…

Reflection: Imagination

27th November 2023

As Albert Einstein once said, “Logic will get you from A to B.  Imagination will take you everywhere.”  Imagination is often seen as a quality reserved for artists, musicians and industry professionals yet everywhere you look imagination is present.    Imagination isn’t just about dreaming up fantastical worlds or envisioning magical creatures; it’s a power…