What Is Really Important?

The devestating earthquake in Christchurch has left me numb. It is unimaginable how terrible it must be for those living there.
Somehow my little daily problems and issues seem meaningless. The night of the ‘quake I went off to a fun cooking lesson at the Auckland Fish Market. It seemed wrong to do something so frivilous, but then again life does go on, but it felt strange.
The Prime Minister here hit the nail on the head when he said that it is a disaster for the whole country. It has got me thinking about what I can do and how I would respond.
I’d like to think I would be courageous and got to the assistance of others without thought for myself. But I don’t really know if I would do that. I might be numb and do nothing. I might just run. All these responses must go through everyone’s mind.
We hear stories of courage, of fear, they are all human stories.
In our relatively comfortable, easy western world country, with an old English looking city like Christchurch, it hits hard. We are not used to this level of devestation, disruption and destruction.
It has slowed me right down, I feel mindful, careful of how I treat others, and myself. I know humans are incredibly resilient, and Christchurch will recover.
It is an opportunity for us all to focus on the most important things in the world, our families, our fellow human beings, community, and friendship. Kia Kaha Christchurch.

No More Doom, Gloom, or Gloss!

Every day we get exposed to so many stories, often without any choice. They come at us on billboards, the radio, television, newspapers, magazines, the Internet, the mailbox, the phone, the news etc. I’m finding it takes a pretty big effort to manage the deluge and consciously choose what to pay attention to.
So the thing is, my beef is, my frustration is that these stories are often very one sided. They paint either a incredibly gloomy picture, to either shock you into action (news media and hard sales), or they paint a rose tinted picture where all is glitter and spark (overly positive PR)
I reckon, and I know it’s not just me, that more and more people are no longer fooled by these engineered stories. We can see the puppet’s strings behind the show. I am clear there is a need and a desire to get more authentic stories out and about, stories where people go on a journey through the good times and the bad times, dark and light. These are the stories that stick.
Its taken me a journey through the worlds of news media and public relations to find out this is what I really care about, people sharing real stories that resonate. So now I run a workshop Telling Taller Tales, email me at info@spoke.co.nz to register for the next Auckland dates, February 15 or February 23.