Category Archives: Diary Entries

Reports and thoughts on happenings in life.

Learn from Your Children

That time has come!

No one has a monopoly on good ideas

Recently I had one of those experiences where one of your children, if you have been blessed with any, or it could just be someone younger than you, if you haven’t,  shows you that you may not have done something as well as you could have.

This is not a negative thing, just one of those things that, when you look back, you can see that there was something else you could have done at the time that would have moved the situation forward more than you managed to, thanks Joe. And I mean that from the bottom of my heart!

Remember that to move forward on our journeys we need to make mistakes. The most important thing we must all remember though is that when making mistakes we are learning. What ever happens is always for the best anyway.

If we have a situation we need to deal with or a decision to make, remember that if we are wrong then we have learnt something and we win, if we were right then we win big, in either case we win.

You cannot ‘fail’ in life. You will get to the end, that is for certain. The question is, will you make the most of it? You will have to live every day until you get to the end, enjoy it. If you are not in a good place right now, decide that you have changed and that you now are, everything else WILL follow. If you don’t believe me take a look at this and let me know what you think! Don’t judge remember, just observe, that is one of the most important things in life to remember. Judgement is weakness, observation is power.

What you will see is an introduction to something that really helped me on my journey, take a look, you never know, maybe you were meant to read this and now is the time to act.

My thoughts and best wishes go with you.

Alastair

 

Back in the USA

uAttend International Summit

Quick Update

I am currently about to nip off to the gym to work off some of the lovely food we have been enjoying here at the summit.

uAttend shows you what we are meeting about and things are really looking exciting with the plans that we are discussing for the system, more to follow on that is due course over on the uAttend site, Time and Attendance has never been so exciting!

If you want a glimpse of where I am check this out!

La Costa

The resort where I am staying.

Quality Time

What is Quality Time?

Yesterday Evening

Someone once told me that, ‘Quality time, is time you can’t have again’. Not sure if it was his own maxim or a quote from someone else, but I know one thing, he was right!

The Compton Inn

The Compton Inn

Yesterday evening I was lucky enough to share a lovely meal at the Compton Inn with that very person (our wives were with us as well).

We share a meal from time to time and visit different restaurants depending on who is choosing. They are sometimes return visits and sometimes new places. Last night was a return visit.

Conversation

As we ate, the conversation moved backwards and forwards through time and space in many different directions as it is wont to do.

As we have children of similar ages they often turn up in the conversation thread. Last night was no exception, and, as most of them are having exams or have just finished them, we commiserated with each other on how we would love our children to be able to learn from our experience. I suspect this is a desire of many of those of us who are blessed with children?

I use the word ‘blessed’ there with my tongue a little in my cheek, as we all know that although children can bring enormous amounts of joy into our lives, they can also be a challenge at times.

Share your thoughts on this using the comments below if you like. If you don’t want your comment published and just wish to add something privately just say so in your comment.

Past, Present and Future

The midsts of time...

The midsts of time…

I love the way that conversation can move so quickly through time. One minute talking about something that is due to happen in the future, like holidays, and then reminiscing about times when we worked together in the distant past.

My problem is that I can talk and talk (and talk). Luckily for me, my ex-wife and friends are very kind and, apart from the odd kick under the table, they let me prattle on and on. I do catch myself doing it sometimes and try to shut up for a bit to give others a chance, but I often slip back into talk mode inadvertently.

Ratios

There is a saying that says that, as you have two ears and one mouth, you should use them in that ratio. I have also heard it extended to, two ears, two eyes and a mouth. My long suffering friends may be thinking I should take my own council here!

So, quality time was had and we enjoyed another lovely evening. If you haven’t had an evening out with friends recently maybe now is the time to invite them out, or, if your circumstances dictate, just invite them round for chat, you don’t have to go out and spend a lot to have quality time in your life.

Some would say, me included, that actually, some of the best time spent with family and friends is when no money has been spent at all.

Plan in some quality time today! Although time is an illusion, you will run out eventually in this lifetime, why wait?

Best wishes

Alastair

Do ‘you’ have any fears?

 

Feeling Helpless?

Feeling Helpless?

Of all the liars in the world, sometimes the worst are your own fears.

Rudyard Kipling said that and he was right.

We don’t have to fear anything is we can only realise that fear is just an illusion.

The Bug Free response is:

False

Emotions

Appearing

Real

Look into your fears and see them for what they really are, lies told to you by your ego. You are in control and can deal with anything. You just need to ‘know’ that you can.

Have a great holiday weekend without any fear everyone.

Best wishes

Alastair

Serenity

 

Hi

Just heard this in chapter ten, as I am on another listen through, it is so true that you pick up something new every time you listen, must be to do with the more control we get over that ego the more present we are!

 

Serenity comes when you trade expectation for acceptance.

How true is that? It is as true for you as it is (if you see what I mean!).

Any thoughts on that one, let me know…

Best wishes

Alastair

The last couple of days…

Busy times (for the right reasons!)

The week started well and just got better.

We are getting referrals at work from employees moving from one employer to Bristol Airportanother and they recommend our time and attendance systems when they get to their new place of work, keep um coming!

Yesterday was a mixture of great meetings and lots of networking and meeting old friends along the way, happy times. A great time was had at Bristol Airport at the Barclays networking event.

West Quay Shopping Centre

West Quay Shopping Centre

Today was a visit to finish off a big contract and it was great to see the people down there in Southampton reaping the rewards of the great Focus system. West Quay shopping centre is a great place to visit, the food choices alone are worth going for!

 

The day culminated in an in depth session working out the tricky automation of some employee hours for employees who work in the docks, still some work to do here but progress is being made!

Have a great rest of the week everyone.

Best wishes

Alastair

Sing Your Heart Out!

Call that work?

How do you spend your days?

After a great day at what some might call work, I am sitting amongst 60 other men of various ages enjoying a wonderful male voice choir rehearsal.

imageMendip Male Voice Choir has been singing for many years but I have only been singing in it for about 20 months but I have already had the privilege of many concerts, to a wide range of audiences, including being part of the festival of voice and brass in the Royal Albert Hall.
On that occasion there were 1500 voices and the Corey and Grimethorpe brass bands, two of the best in the best country! It was a once in a lifetime experience!!
It just so happened that I ended up sitting right in the middle at the front of all the men right in the centre.image This meant when all the ladies stayed sitting down and we were singing the male voice only pieces I had the best view in the house!
The challenging thing was that we weren’t allowed any music, all 12 pieces had to be learnt by heart!!!!!
I am so grateful that I am able to join in with this type of thing, it brings joy to the heart…
Yours
Alastair

 

Feel From the Heart

Beware of Thoughts Being Mistaken for Feelings

DSC02560Is that a bit deep?

When you are not sure which way to turn listen to your heart. Work at being able to do this.

Be silent with yourself and ignore your mind and listen to your heart for the feelings that will tell you exactly what you should do in a situation.

If you get an answer from your mind make sure it coincides with the one that your heart gives you, then you will know it is the right one to follow.

Your heart is the root of your wisdom, your mind only knows the past and will try and hold you back.

Not sure why I had to write this today, maybe you do?

To your knowing your hearts desire.

Alastair