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Share your "Small World" stories

Posted by Philip on 20 September 2012, 3:33 pm in , ,

Today we got discussing "small world" stories at work — those weird, coincidental, even serendipidous things that happen.

The ones that make you realise there may be six billion people on the planet, but our lives connect in the strangest of ways.

Here are three of my favourites — they all happened when I was last in the USA with my friend Claire, for a month in 2005.

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The passion - compassion - pity - contempt chain

Posted by Philip on 11 November 2011, 6:04 pm in , , , , , ,

Most close relationships — be they parental, friendships, intimate or professional — begin with passion. We see all the good things — the cuteness, the interesting ideas, the good looks, the skills, the strengths.

As the relationship matures and develops, we need to bring in compassion. This allows us to understand and excuse the naughtiness, the lateness, the strange habits, the occasional inflexibility, the weaknesses.

Relationships based on passion and compassion are healthy, useful, balanced. We are human.

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