Lydney Cricket Club legend, Christine Kear, is the wife and mother of her talented foursome team players: husband and three sons. She knows the meaning of being a ‘cricket widow’ and looks well for it.
I first met her husband, Andy Kear, at Shenstone New College forty years ago. We were the best of friends but where has the time gone? I have lived many lives and traveled the world but to what effect?
I think I may have neglected some important things while working hard trying to be successful.
Do you work long hours? Live for employment? Watch out. It will catch up with you.
Do not be like me in neglecting the quality of life by slaving long hours. What is the impact and outcomes on family and friends?
Personal health and well-being are important.
Stress, pressure and working seven days a week harms. The mantra over these lost years was trying to make the world a better place. A tough budget and solving intractable complex issues was the rationale.
There are alternatives. In June walking along a jetty in the yacht marina at Lorient, I saw a desirable tee shirt with the motif, ‘Sail More. Work Less.’
It’s too late now. I think Carol King sang about that in the 1960’s.
Now here is the rub. Catching up with Andy and Christine Kear last week in the Forest of Dean was my salvation. A dazzling epiphany led to a personal redemption. New realisations came from this reunion. Now it is going to be more sailing and less work.
Friendship like team spirit, ethos and excellent morale in winning organisations involves:
Shared, common values,
Neglect these at your peril. Friends are important. Have you got anything to add?
A sophisticated networker with a can-do, get up and go attitude, Tom has linked up with some of the best organisations in the region: Bendrigg Lodge, the Calvert Trust and Lancaster University to support his daring bid.
I caught up with Tom and his father, Peter Green, on a wet August morning orienteering just south ofSkiddaw at the Calvert Trust.
The family and carers are strong advocates in encouraging hard work, self-reliance and independence. Tom is not the sort of person who sits around waiting for things to happen. His drive, enthusiasm and great personality have helped deliver a range of successful outdoor charity fundraising events.
A powerful driver that has facilitated engagement with the wider community is his Lancashire County Council care package. Despite having the capability and potential, Tom is frustrated by the lack of engagement by national brand names employers to offer real work opportunities. What is happening here?
The heritage of commitment and endeavour is part of Tom’s DNA. As a teenager, he represented his school at regional and national games. Adventurous outdoor activities are his oxygen, and the motivation is experiencing the thrill.
Tom needs a full-time employment opportunity. I guarantee you; he and his carer will succeed and be successful if there was a chance. Can you help?