It's been quite a week.
But I've just sat down and realised how much I have learned!
Monday was a trip to Washington. No, not the one with a White house (although I am sure they do have some white houses in the North East one). I was delivering a course for the Civil Service. I learned something new from one of my lovely delegates there. (see below).
Tuesday saw me in sunny Scarborough. Sadly i didn't get to see the sea, but the inside of a very hot and sticky training room. It was with six really great people though who work for a retailer I have known for many years, and I discovered they are still family owned .
Later that night I learned some more singing parts for a show I am taking part in November.
Wednesday was mainly spent in my office at home. No travelling, phew! Learned some interesting and enlightening information in the evening connected with a project I am currently involved in.
Thursday was a trip for a meeting in Manchester. Learned there is a good chunk of training delivery that is coming my way next year!
Friday was another location, Stafford. This was to attend the funeral of a the mother of two lovely friends of mine. What a fabulous lady she was.
This bundle of fluff (above) has learned how enjoyable playing with bubble wrap is.
Medititation: never ever thought I might try this. However on Monday when I mentioned to one of my delegates that I had never done this, she told me about an app. that she had tried and how much it had helped her. Like me, she said she was always very sceptical of this way of relaxation.
I got home, very, very tired but gave it a go, just a few minutes. Guess what? I felt really chilled out. I've done it a couple of times since too.
The most important lesson I learned this week was yesterday (Friday). The funeral was lovely, YES REALLY! The lady was elderly and knew she was going to die. She wanted the event to be a celebration of her life; she chose the music and asked people NOT to wear black but be colourful, and they did.
Yes, we were sad she wasn't here with us any more, especially her family, but this lady had really lived her life and managed to cram so much into it and achieve so much despite not having the best of health for a lot of years in later life.
I truly believe life is for living and we must take responsibility for our own happiness. There are many things we cannot control or change but we can choose how we deal with them.
The music that was chosen to close the formal part of this lady's celebration is this: (A lesson to us all).