I've been thinking. Here's what's been on my mind this week.
Some people are really bad at hiding when they're about to tell you something they are uncomfortable with. They think they're hiding it by not "saying" it. But they are saying it - with their ticks, gestures and shifting eye contact.
The power of saying sorry, sincerely, and taking responsibility is immense.
What's the gracious response to such power?
Everything depends on all people being clear about their role and equipped with the skills to fulfill their role. (My favourite question I ask when I'm leading people is "is there anything I'm asking you to do that you don't know how to do?")
Accounts departments in big organisations (eg universities) should pick up the phone more often. Why do they dwell in the world of letters and post when a conversation over the phone would address many things?
People seem very confronted by shows of intense emotion, even when the emotion is a valid and reasonable response to circumstances. Human beings are emotional creatures. There is never a time when we are without emotion.
Music is a powerful expression of emotion. It unites. It divides. It can provide an outlet. It can empathise. It can mean different things in different situations. It can be universal.
Plastic bags and old towels do not go in the recycling. Neither do carpets. Or bodies.
When a friend says he's "putting the chooks in", "the oven" is not the only way that sentence can be finished.
I had the best end to an intense day at the end of an intense week. I walked out into the sunshine with three friends and colleagues. We were silly and playful together. Intense feelings dropped away as laughter took over.
What's on your mind this week?