You don’t need this

Seminar room

The global education budget is HUGE! Even if you exclude compulsory education from the calculations, it’s probably somewhere up there just behind health-care and defence. So many people attend all sorts of training courses. I’ve attended courses, workshops and seminars on everything from highly technical instruction on computer software to…

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How well will you finish?

Runners

Life, so we are told, is a marathon and not a sprint. As his time on earth was drawing to a close, the apostle Paul told his friend Timothy, “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.” Often when we think about…

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What lies just beneath the surface?

Crumbling brickwork

Decorating is a multi-billion pound industry. In the U.K. alone it was estimated that we would spend over £8 billion on DIY each year by 2017. We are encouraged to express our personality through colours and styles. Long-gone are the days where, to quote Henry Ford on the production of…

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Why I make promises I can’t keep (and what to do about it)

Broken Christmas Decoration

Promises. The world is littered with broken promises. Wild, unfounded promises. Sleazy-salesman’s promises. Solemn and sincere promises. Just-to-keep-you-quiet promises. Made-in-the-heat-of-the-moment promises. With each broken promise the sense of regret or resignation to the inveitable, “How could I have been so stupid?” or, “Did I really expect them to keep their…

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So you’ve had a bust-up… what now?

A New Year’s resolution so quickly broken. In spite of your best endeavours, it happened again. You said there would be no arguments this year; you were doing well, until… It can be tempting to feel sorry for yourself, as though you’re the one that’s hard done by. But wait!…

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