Newsletter 64 : 16 february 2012
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Welcome to our newsletter. You’ve received it because either you requested it (extra thanks!) or Kay or Jeremy have met you on our travels.
We offer a change from other newsletters which do demand an awful lot of reading, and hope you will find it diverting.
We aim to publish every two weeks, but sometimes the flesh is weak even as the spirit is willing.
“I was really excited when I was offered [my job] because I thought it was finally my break into a great company, but now I find myself questioning whether my career is that important to me anymore. I am miserable, the job is not what I thought it would be and I’ve become bored and uninterested. I have found myself dreading going to work in the morning.”
Before reading Jeremy Bullmore’s response, what would you do? What feelings does this raise for you?
Stress is a major cause of sickness absence, and therefore cost, in the NHS. For individuals, however, the difficulties caused by their and other people’s stress are far more immediate than global statistics. Jeremy is presenting a half day workshop on reducing stress for NHS managers in Worcester on 28 February. This workshop will address some of the causes of stress which can be influenced on the ground and give practical guidance and advice on how to prevent stress from developing, or worsening.
Emily Dickinson’s poem, Because I could not stop for Death, is remarkably poignant. This setting, by John Adams from his work Harmonium, is very atmospheric (I recommend ignoring the images on the video and following the words instead). I can’t resist adding that I have sung Harmonium several times and was indirectly responsible for it being performed at the Proms (ends at 10:01, though it’s worth hearing the remainder of the video which constitutes the third and final part of Harmonium.)
This extraordinary timelapse video of the Milky Way can be watched without sound – worth 3:16 of anyone’s time
The art of progress is to preserve order amid change, and to preserve change amid order.
We cannot think first and act afterwards. From the moment of birth we are immersed in action and can only fitfully guide it by taking thought.
Seek simplicity and distrust it.
It is the business of the future to be dangerous.
Alfred North Whitehead OM, b 15 February 1861, a “British mathematician who became an American philosopher” (Wikiquote).
Musée des Beaux Arts by WH Auden
As the latest Muppets film is released, here are the loveable dolls in a previous incarnation (dur 4:47)
All contributions welcome.
(Thanks this week to Hugo Middleton of Careers4u)
If you have been, thank you for reading.
Compiled by Jeremy Marchant . added 31 january 2015 . image: screen grab from video