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NEWS From Over The WATER
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Do Leaders Lead - Or Serve?
Imagine if, instead of people serving leaders, leaders served their people. And then also imagine that leaders understood, that a leader is someone who finds out where people want to go and helps them to get there.
I’m reliably informed that, in the 1950s and 60s, letters sent from the UK government to members of the public ended with "your obedient servant." Well, I’ve just received a letter from the government – and it won’t come as a surprise to most readers to find out that my letter was NOT signed off like that. Is it time to ask – when it comes to leaders - who’s serving who?
The Three Faces Of Santa
In a previous article, I asked whether it’s right for parents to deceive their children about Santa Claus. I also wrote about the traumatic revelation that has to follow the lie, asking who is more traumatised – parents or children.
Leaving aside the deception, trauma and questions about whether adults can be trusted, though - who IS the red-cheeked, white-bearded man who turns up on Christmas Eve, laden with gifts? Is he Father Christmas? Santa Claus? Or Kris Kringle? For, like Eve, Santa has three faces – over time, he’s had three different identities. So who IS the real Santa?
The Picture So Far: Part 1
I told my son nearly three years ago now, that we are living in a sci-fi movie. The only difference being that instead of the movie ending in 90min – leaving us all entertained – even a little disturbed – this movie isn’t ending.
We are living in the real world and what is going on in our real world is also plainly real. It is very sci-fi-like – in fact, like a sci-fi movie of the worst kind - and one which if allowed to continue unchecked, is NOT likely to end in a good way. But the ending of this movie is by no-means certain yet. It appears the People are the ultimate screenwriters and the ending is theirs.
It's Just A Matter Of Belief
People have been told that humans are powerful beyond belief. The problem, simply put, is that we just don’t believe it – at least we don’t yet! Perhaps it’s now time that we all look more closely at this rather odd idea.
The reality is - that our world reinforces our beliefs every hour of every day. What people do and what they don’t do reinforces what each of us believes we can do and can’t do. What we are told - we can do and what we can’t do – again reinforces our beliefs about what we can do and what we can’t do. But then – there are the exceptions to the rule!