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 Suffering fools gladly…or not

I don’t suffer fools gladly!

You know what lovely readers, I happen to loathe the expression ‘I don’t suffer fools gladly’ don’t you? If you’re like me, you’ll want to read on, if you like to utter this statement yourself, you’ll also want to read on. It happened to pop up recently and, rather than poke the protagonist in the eye with a blunt instrument, I took a deep breath and asked for clarification. Let me tell you the story…

You see, I was recently coaching a candidate on his interviewing skills and had asked how he might answer that hairy old chestnut ‘what are your weaknesses?‘ A pause, followed by a triumphant ‘I don’t suffer fools gladly’. I asked him to define ‘fool’. ‘Someone who makes a stupid mistake, stuffs up, doesn’t listen to instructions, has no logic’. Hmmm…


Originally coined by Saint Paul in a letter to the people of Corinth, ‘For ye suffer fools gladly, seeing ye yourselves are wise’, with contemporary usage, the focus is now on the negative, ‘not’ to suffer fools gladly. Interpreted by the Cambridge Idiom Dictionary: ‘to become angry with people you think are stupid’ The Oxford Dictionary: ‘To have very little patience with people who you think are stupid or have stupid ideas’. I asked my candidate a question…

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Five good things…

When BJ headed off to his Chef gig at Argyle we made a pact to record and share five good things we enjoyed or experienced daily. Not as easy as it seems as human nature dictates a tendency to sweat the small stuff rather than appreciate the good, but  as I searched for my own inspiration a thought suddenly occurred…and  here’s my question for you…

Do you ever stop and take just a few moments to look up? Admire the sky through the canopy of a tree? Visualise pictures in the clouds…enjoy the first splatters of warm rain on your face? Do you take the time to marvel at grass so incredibly lush green it has to have been painted?

Pluck a flower and stroke it’s petals or bury your nose in a freshly opened cabbage rose to breathe in it’s heady scent? And what about that earth cleansed fragrance just after a rain shower? The sound of the surf, smell of the beach, the texture of sand between your toes.

I’m talking about taking the time to exercise our five senses, taking the time to fully appreciate the sensory pleasures our everyday surrounds have to offer. When you feel yourself getting caught up in the stresses of everyday life…take a moment, just one moment.

In the words of The Cool Hunter…

“We will never tire of the positive effects of nature. Its calming, soothing and inspiring influence will never go out of style. The more we rush, the more time we spend indoors staring at our screens and devices, the more urban our lifestyles become, the more we crave and need time away from it all.”  

Now if you simply can’t get away from your desk to indulge your senses, a quick tour of http://www.thecoolhunter.net – a site that features all things cool and can easily provide all the visual feasing you desire, may just have to do. With compliments of this site, here’s a sampling of nature at her best…Oh! And exercising the sensory pleasures has led to a struggle to keep the five good things to just five…but then again, rules were made to be broken!!

 

 

 

 

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