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Tag: Change

The Tree

There is a beautiful chestnut tree that stands tall outside my window Every winter it throws off its former glory of its summer and autumn coats In winter it is kept warm by the falling snow that settles on its branches Waiting for the new time, so it can begin again to grow and shelter those who will make their home Continuous change to meet each season with a new and wonderful colour As the spring now is about to open its doors, the buds form and slowly wait to burst The man within looking out is no different and yet fails to recognise the same Possibilities and opportunities that each day will bring Worrying about what was, rather than what is now Embracing the time to show the many coats he can wear as the seasons come and go The tree does not wait for its death and think of what can be The tree smiles and greets each new season with joy So to the mindset of this man can also be  

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Merry Christmas and Happy New Year in 2016

I would like to wish all my readers and loyal followers a very peaceful and Merry Christmas.  That 2016 is what you would want it to be for you, your family, friends and fellow neighbours. As citizens of this very small planet, that we all can enjoy a peaceful year in 2016. That we actively demonstrate better respect for each other. Given that change is in your hands, we promote only for peace in our world for all its people. Extract from – How I will Live my life “I will remember today those who I love and let me make a difference in their lives.  Keep me safe in this world. Let me appreciate the beauty of this world and promote through my thoughts and actions only goodness.  Let me learn something new today.”

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Message from a Hostel – Put on your Costumes

The Doc pressed the start button. The shed lit up and with a great BIG FLASH …they were off to 1533. “Hey Doc, we are moving slower that the older Higulator. Once you pressed the start button on the last time machine we would arrive immediately at our destination,” said Alistair. “I have made some slight modification this time Al. I got the Cockney Rebel to adjust the old thing-a-m-jiggery,” replied the Doc. “Does the Jam Jar fixer, know about your Higulator Doc?” asked Alistair. “The Cockney Rebel is top man Al, being in the business a long time and knows his stuff. He is the best spanner monkey in town,” said Doc. “This adjustment Al, will allow us to carry out some quick surveillance and navigate to where we want to land. It will help us stay out of sight and hide the Higulator and shed.” “Up there for thinking and down there for dancing Doc”, quoted Alistair. “Bond my man, how do you fancy a trip back to see one of the old kings, good old Henry VIII?” asked Doc. “Maybe you could give him some marriage guidance” laughed Doc. “I fancy meeting all the lovely ladies of his court. Maybe I could give him some tips on chatting them up,” replied James Bond. “Sure James, I bet you could tell him a thing or two about the ladies,” added Alistair. “Right, I can see a place to land,” said Doc. “We are on the kings estate close to the castle. “Put these costumes on. I did a little shopping at Calowna Costume. I thought we might need them so as not to look so suspicious.” “Doc these costumes look cool. James that Robin Hood outfits suits you,” laughed Alistair. “I don’t think anyone will be concerned about Robin Hood. He would be around 250 years old now.” “Doc, I see you have a Kings crown with your costume,” said Alistair. “Yes Al my man. if I going to meet a King, I’m going to be a feckin King. The high King of Navan and beyond,” shouted the Doc To be continued…..  

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Message from a Hostel – Too Many Questions

Alistair, what are you up to with that book you are reading? Asked Nora.  I am trying to work out the answers to all these questions Nora, replied Alistair. What questions Alistair?  Well Nora, here are some of them, Do the people in Glocca Morra ever ask how we are doing? Does the 5 second rule applied, if you drop your pint of Guinness on the floor? If an apple a day keeps the Doctor away, what keeps the taxman away? It’s a long way to Tipperary, but from where – what if you live in Tipperary? Should the Guinness Book of Records, now be called the Guinness Book of CD’s And that’s only half of the questions Nora, there are too many questions you see, said Alistair

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Moving On

The way to move on when you are stuck in a rut is to change your attitude, the way to change your attitude is to move on. What are you waiting for?

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Message from a Hostel – Back to the Future 15

Up at the front of the stage Nora was yelling, Hig, Hig, the Doc and Alistair have been taken away by the police. When the Hig was finished his song he noticed Nora trying to get his attention and fending off the men seeking to get her to dance. The Hig grabbed Nora up onto the stage.  Nora kept shouting “the Doc and my Alistair have been taken by the Police”. Calm down Nora, said Hig. We have just finished the set and the stage will revolve to let the next band on so we can chat then Nora. When the band was back stage, Hig ask the lads in the band when they came back from their milk and sandwich break to play a few instrumentals so that he would have time to find out what happened to Al and Doc. I ‘m really worried Hig, I don’t know what happened and where the Police have taken them. They have no identification papers on them, said Nora. Clam down Nora and tell me what happened, said Hig. The three of us were all leaving the Ballroom floor when the next thing the Doc was dragging three guys with him out the front door, said Nora. Then all of a sudden the bouncers were on top of Doc and my Alistair was in the middle of it all. Next thing I saw the Police were throwing both of them into the back of a Paddy Wagon. What about the three guys the Doc and Alistair were fighting, asked Hig what happened to them. I think they ran off, replied Nora. Did you see what they looked like, asked Hig. Well said Nora, it happened so quickly, they sounded English and one guy had a scar across his nose, said Nora. Were the other two like Laurel and Hardy, one fat bloke and one skinny lad, asked Hig, Yes, Yes, replied Nora. Feckin great, said Hig the three stooges from Liverpool are back in town. Do you know them Hig, asked Nora. Well Nora my girl let us say, when you look into these guys eyes there is nobody driving, I had a run in with them a year back at another gig, said Hig. Lets not worry about these guys Nora. Lets try and find out where they took the Doc and Al first said Hig. Jimmy, what Peelers Lollipop do they take guys to when there is trouble in the hall, asked Hig. Finsbury’s Park Hig, they are a tuff lot down there. Will I get them on the Dog and Bone, asked Jimmy. No Jimmy, I think I might have to take a trip down there to see future man so say nothing till you hear more, said Hig Ok Nora, after the gig I’ll bring my Jam Jar around the front and we will go and see what trouble Twiddle De and Twiddle Dum are in. By the way Nora I had you feckin sussed from the get go, did Al tell you, asked Hig Name and address, asked the Police Officer on the front desk….. to be continued…

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Happy Results from your HR Department.

Why not change the title of the HR Director or HR Manager to the Director or Manager of Happiness. Are they not responsible for the happiness of the people within an organisation? Do we not hear that they hold the role accountable for Human Resources? Where you worked do you know or have you even spoken with your HR Director? If you are the Director or Manager of HR do you sit in your office 90% of your working day? It is my opinion the Director of Happy Results should not be in an office but out where the people are going about their daily work. Does a farmer sit in his/her house when managing the farm or do they get out there where they need to be? Create and measure happiness in your organisation. If you want to change your behaviour change your point of view.

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The 5 States of Success

WOW! It’s finally here! It is with the greatest pleasure that I have been asked to invite you to join Brendan Foley for the launch of his new book The 5 States of Success at 6:30pm on Tuesday 6th of September, in Dubray Books, Blackrock Shopping Centre, Co Dublin Ireland. 100% of Author royalties on sales of this book from the 3rd – 10th of September will go to the CONCERN famine appeal for Somalia. So buy a book on the 6th and help a great cause!   “If you loved Stephen Covey’s 7 Habits, then you will enjoy Brendan Foley’s 5 States!” – Alasdair Verschoyle, Reviewer www.irishbooksdirect.ie        “A brilliant book, very well written and very well put together” – Lynsey Dolan – Presenter ‘Dublin’s Talking’ on Sunshine 106.8 FM If you can’t make the launch, The 5 States of Successis available at all good bookstores and online – €9.99. For online sales of paperback and ebook please see www.dubraybooks.ie  www.eason.ie  www.amazon.co.uk   www.amazon.com   www.mercierpress.ie Please bring your friends, family and colleagues Apres @ Tonic in Blackrock.

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Message from a Hostel – What’s on the TV?

Alistair were you messing with the stations on the TV? No Nora I haven’t touched it why,  I can’t seem to get anything tuned in.  Nora try adjusting the rabbit ears, here hold onto them now.  Move a little to the left, a wee bit more, now try holding them up higher.  Any picture yet Alistair?  Nothing yet Nora – oh! wait something happened when you move to standing on one leg.  Try that again just hold the rabbit ears up higher and stand on your one leg only.  I think I am starting to see Global News Nora. Alistair is the picture any good now? Sorry Nora nothing it is all gone snowy again.  Nora try lowering them towards the floor and back towards the window at the same time.  That’s it Nora keep bending down.  Oh I think I am seeing something now.  What do you see Alistair?  Are wearing my good Superman underpants Nora?.You little fecker Alistair it’s the TV I want to get working.  Nora I think the TV is knackered – we are finally in the age of digital.  So long to our old rabbit ears and the age of analog.

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