I often talk of my amazement that mainstream education does not provide any communication lessons, or listening lessons, yet these skills are unquantifiably more important than say maths, physics, geography for the preparation for life.

Most of us leave education ill-equipped to do the most important thing, to be able to listen and then effectively communicate with others.

Perhaps as part of the communication lessons that we so badly need to be implemented at school, we could include a lesson, or more, on why defining the meaning of words clearly before attempting to discuss them is so important.

Many words are discussed at work or in life, such as creativity, innovation, productivity, generosity, authenticity, kindness, tolerance and many more. Yet how often do we pause to come to an agreement on the definition? Or even know the definition or how the other person is defining it. 

Without definition, everything is a blur, with it we can understand. 

The end


Life is made up of a series of stories and not all of them come to an end, but sometimes they do.

Films, stories, races, businesses, relationships and many things have an end. We are programmed to look at the bad endings only. Even great holidays, we are sad that the have ended. Not happy that we had a great holiday.

Feel grateful for the good things in anything. Learn from the parts that didn’t turn out how we wanted.

Results or endings can often by very disappointing, especially where it involves others and where we have set expectations on things we can’t control. Losses can be very sad and hard to overcome, especially a loss of a person.

It is all part of the journeys that we go on in life, every single one of us.

Time lessens the pain of losses and a different mindset allows a different approach to how we see endings.

Good comes from all endings when we look to the future, for the start of the next chapter, the next story, a fresh opportunity will come if we look for it. There are always lessons to learn and apply the knowledge from. There is the chance to write a new story, a better or different ending. There is a legacy left from the loss of a person in our lives, all the good things they leave in our memories.

Looking back on failed races, wrong endings or whatever the end was can only serve as an opportunity to learn to write a different ending next time around.

But no good looking back with remorse or regret, take the learning and move on. Sometimes things just weren’t meant to be and the ending is not about fault, it’s about the doing better next time.

Endings are the catalysts for change, for new beginnings and for life to move on the journey to the next destination.