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Time Is The Real Luxury Asset

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Every era in history has pros and cons. Many people will argue a simpler life with no technology lends to great happiness. Some people say an agrarian society slowed the pace of life and focused on the importance of family. Life 100 years ago promoted more physical activity outside. Every era could potentially be seen as great.

 

 

Based on the comparative past, the period of history in which we currently live could be considered the greatest. Getting information is easy, life expectancy is higher and infant mortality is lower; we have a better medical response and disease protection. Electricity, education, safety help us to improve our lives.

Despite what it looks like, we are actually living through the most paradoxical period in world history. We have a complete comfort but we have the feeling that our time is never enough as an endless day would be necessary to cover all our commitments. Prosperity and wealth are not enough but time is everything.

Quoting William Henry Davies, poet and writer:

“What is this life if, full of care, we have no time to stand and stare. […] No time to see, in broad daylight, streams full of stars, like skies at night. No time to turn at Beauty’s glance, and watch her feet, how they can dance. A poor life this if, full of care, we have no time to stand and stare.”

Time is the most precious resource that humans possess and we are all equal in how much we have: we all have 24 hours each day to live as best as we can. How we spend our time and how we earn make the difference between one person and another.

Time is the fundamental need for yacht or jet owners. Time is far more important than the opulence of the boat or having the latest of the aircraft. Countless people spend a lot of money to buy, equip and maintain that boat or that jet which unfortunately they do not have time to enjoy or they use for an infinitesimal part of the year.

How much time does an ‘object’ need to belong to us? Sometimes recognition begins as sudden adhesion, but the most tenacious dreams are the result of a recognition that builds and weaves slowly. Which is the real sense of ownership? The autobiographical fabric behind everything. Probably it is ideally suited to foster in the older adult a belief that those assets are meaningful and something of which to be proud. What makes them priceless? Time; both time spent to own an ‘object’ and time used to enjoy an asset.

In this era of permanent running, acceleration and ubiquity, where technology makes us omnipresent and omnivorous, simultaneously here and elsewhere, geographically traceable and trackable, taking time for ourselves means granting a luxury. Whether doing one thing at a time or allowing ourselves a break to enjoy our time fully.

With a more and more intense pace of life because of too many commitments, our time has become the real luxury to find. How could we completely and utterly relish our time? The answer is a private jet or super yacht.

Whether it’s a quick one-day business trip, or a transfer for a few days to practice a favourite hobby, thanks to private jets, travelling is fast and without queues, weekends are relaxing and stress-free, and finally we can benefit from our time. The same can be said of yachts. Taking the necessary time, we can enjoy not only navigation but also boat living and travelling; those are essential factors to ensure that yacht becomes something we truly own.

The pleasure is greatest in savouring the sunset by sitting in the comfort of our own yacht, the ecstasy is complete watching a sunrise from the sky, just sat in the cockpit our own jet.

The contemplation is the real escape: pleasing to the eyes, facing the sea, the horizon, the nature, tasting of a holiday in some spectacular and paradisaical places, away from all, just breaking the daily rhythms. We are accustomed to the word ‘contemplation’, but it contains the Latin root ‘templum’, which recalls not the passive attitude to watch, but an active listening attitude, the ability to interchange empty and full sensations and to see fullness and spaciousness. That is being able to open gaps to lighten loads.

We can live with a little less of everything… except spare time and what makes us feel happy. It is not a mandatory rule for all, but a good approximation that can be adapted to most of us. And it is the best recipe.

Holidays

Why Taking Time off Work & Going On Holiday Is Important

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Do you feel like you can’t take a vacation? Do you worry that if you have a day off, the office will fall apart? Perhaps you’ll look like you don’t care enough about your job? Nobody knows the client like you do, no-one knows your project like you do. In fact it’s harder work to take a day off than it is to just go to work every single day of the year.

Well…if you agree with any of the above, then you definitely need a day off.

A recent report claims unused holiday days are at a 40-year high, with nearly a quarter of all paid vacation days in the States not being used, with the Brits not far behind.

When I worked at a top ten advertising agency in NYC, the EVP called a meeting to tell us, her staff, that she ‘didn’t want people taking vacation days off willy-nilly expecting everyone else to pick up the pieces’, and ‘a week’s holiday is not a right, it’s something that has to be earned’.

I believe she was wrong. Even though she may be successful, it’s not the best or healthiest way to do it. We all need to take a break. Here’s why:

1. Reduce your stress
When you’re in the midst of all the stresses and pressures of work it’s hard to see things clearly or rationally. Taking a proper holiday break helps give you perspective on the role of your job within your life. Staying aware of this viewpoint on your work/life balance when you return to work helps you maintain composure and decreases the effect of stress and likeliness of burnout.

2. Improve concentration
Taking a holiday improves your effectiveness and concentration throughout the rest of the year. Unwind from your everyday stresses and you’ll return with confidence, ready to face your work-related challenges. It gives the body the chance to replenish itself – like letting the grass grow back.

3. Increased job satisfaction
Knowing that your employer appreciates the importance of you having some personal time makes you feel valued. Richard Branson recently announced unlimited holiday days for his staff. It can lead to better teamwork and a boost to everyone’s morale. Work is then a collaborative effort, each employee is prepared take on each other’s roles to allow each of them to have their time off, She was proud of the fact she’d worked every day straight for 6 years before taking a single day off. It was the most demotivating fact any of us had ever heard. Every employee left the meeting feeling thoroughly deflated.
knowing that this is what will be done for them too.

4. Have some family time
Dealing with your partner and/or children after a hard days work can be exhausting. Have a break and you’ll have some important time to bond and relax and grow as a family. Just make sure you plan a holiday where it’s easy for everyone to enjoy themselves.

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5. Improve your health
Taking a holiday is good for your health. The New York Times recently reported that those who take less than one holiday every two years are more likely to suffer from depression and burnout. Those who fail to take annual holidays have a 21% higher risk of death from all causes and were 32 percent more likely to die of a heart attack.

Piling the pressure on yourself because you know your workload better than anyone else isn’t a reason not to take time off work. In fact, you could be doing more harm to yourself and your clients. You work hard all year round and you’re entitled to those days off. And even you have a boss who thinks holiday should be earned, you’ve earned it!

 

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What is Reiki?

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What is it anyone wants more than anything else on Earth? “A fast car, a big house, private schooling for my children, that is why I work so hard.” Think again. What is it YOU want? Health, happiness, wealth, love, someone to share with you?

Let me share a secret with you, what everyone really wants to know, in order to be their healthiest, happiest, wealthiest etc is to connect with who they are. To know themselves. The question is, how do we go about finding that. We are not born with a manual that can be perused when things go wrong, there is not a help button that you can press to search for the answers … so how do you find the solution to the question you asked as a child.

Born in Japan in 1865, Usui Mikao was a philosophy student, and had studied martial art, religious and other philosophy available to him at a time of big change. During this era, there was a massive search for inner connectedness, and Usui pulled together his research and started teaching what he felt was a great to help to everyone, regardless of any religious belief.

What happened during Usui’s teachings was reported as amazing. He was sharing lessons to help his students break down old bad habits, and help them develop new practices. He was helping them reach their own true nature and inner knowledge. What was most amazing from his teachings was that his students received healing from the sessions, not something that Usui had necessarily initially intended at all. The combination of helping his students reconnect to their spirituality and also blessing them (called a Reiju) brought about a very positive healing effect.

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We all have the innate ability to heal and connect to our inner self. The problem is we tend to gradually lose this connection and forget it ever existed. This can lead to a wide array of health conditions and anxieties / sadness / etc that simply need not be. To learn Reiki (pronounced Ray Key), you need a Master to work with that you feel comfortable with, and although you will only need a few days training for each level, you need to be ready to make take the first step on your journey to discovering who you are, being ready to let go of old habits that do not serve your true self’s higher good.

This sounds a little harsh – but in reality – it is actually amazing and most empowering. A student starts their journey with their Master teaching them the meaning of the five precepts (or codes of conduct) and a blessing. Whilst you can explore the precepts on your own without the blessing, the blessing helps the journey and the inner healing process.

Your Reiki Master will also teach you exercises to help clear your Ki (Chi energy / life force energy). I shall share the first precept with you now; do not live by it yet for you need to truly understand it for it to help you, just let your subconscious mind consider it for a while:

“Do not anger”

We will delve deeper into Reiki next month ….

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Getting Through The New Year Blues

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The Christmas decorations have been taken down, your relatives have (finally) gone home, it’s time to go back to work , and your bank balance is looking very sorry for itself – it’s no wonder that you’ve got a case of the “post-Christmas blues”. However there are things that you can do to lift your mood after the festive period.

1. Give yourself time to adjust

Accept that it may be normal to feel lower in mood after the hype and expectation of Christmas so try to allow a period of transition, for example, by taking an extra day’s holiday and/or easing yourself back into work gently. Allow extra time to check the inevitable deluge of emails received in your absence, minimise the number of meetings in the first few days back, prioritise your work and leave on time rather than staying late to “catch up”.

2. Make a plan

Going back to the monotony of everyday life can be a depressing thought and so a good way to counter this can be to make a plan which gives you something to look forward to, whether this is to run a 5K, go on holiday, learn a new skill or take up a new hobby.

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3. Take stock of your life

Occasionally the “post Christmas blues” may be more than just a passing phase and may highlight a difficulty in your life whether at home or work. Allow yourself some time before making any life-changing decisions but do take the opportunity to consider whether there are any aspects of your life that could be improved – maybe it is time to look for a new job?

4. Get healthy

When you are feeling down, there can be a temptation to “comfort eat” (especially if you’ve received a lot of chocolate for Christmas!) but a poor diet can contribute to feeling tired and low. Exercise not only helps you to get rid of those extra pounds that you gained following the excess of Christmas, but can also release mood boosting endorphins, especially if you can get out in the fresh air.

5. Consider if you may be SAD

The shorter winter days may affect your hormones and body clock leading to a condition known as Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). Try to make the most of natural light by getting outdoors when you can (which can also increase levels of vitamin D) and leaving your curtains open for as long as possible. Alternatively, you may want to invest in a light box, which simulates exposure to sunlight.

6. Boost your social life

The winter weather may make you feel like hibernating but try to keep yourself busy and make time for socialising with others. Don’t wait to be asked – take the lead and invite your friends for coffee/lunch/a night out.

7. Organise your finances

Christmas can be an expensive time, which can lead to worries over finances. Rather than burying your head in the sand and hoping for the best, review your income and outgoings and set yourself a realistic budget. It may mean “tightening your belt” in the short term, but lead to less anxiety in the long term.

8. Seek help

Ask for help – talk to someone you trust whether it is family, friends, your GP, a counsellor or other healthcare professional.

If you or someone you know is feeling low or affected by depression or you have any questions about depression then please contact me. If you are feeling suicidal then you can contact Samaritans (116 123) or attend your local Accident & Emergency department.