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Seven-Bullet Monday - June 19, 2023


Here is your Seven-Bullet Monday


1. A quote I am pondering:

"We don't inherit the Earth from our ancestors. We borrow it from our children." – Native American Proverb


This quote encourages us to recognize that we hold this Earth in trust for our children and not to squander its resources. First Nations in Canada also speak about keeping the land for the seventh generation. Having that perspective helps us build, rather than borrow from, the future.


2. A question I am asking myself:

When will my injured shoulder ever heal??


I have had an injured shoulder for four months, and I am struggling to get it fully functional again. Part of that is from overuse and pushing it too hard exercise-wise before it fully recovers. So, it's up to me to follow the physio's instructions to the letter from now on 😊.


3. A book I am reading:

The Infinite Game – Simon Sinek


In his latest book, Simon Sinek suggests we view life as an infinite game with no fixed rules or a defined endpoint. The principle is that it's not about winning or losing short-term games and battles but instead thinking and planning for well beyond that. I found this book particularly interesting when you consider how many American public companies continually chase short-term results to keep shareholders happy with the quarter's results. It is one of the reasons that some public companies go private, so they can play the long-term future without feeling the pressure of delivering short-term results.

4. What I learnt this week

About one Company's excellent multi-year employee health and wellness program


This week, Wajax shared their seven-year journey to improving their employee's health and wellness. Their program promotes mental health awareness, financial literacy, and healthy lifestyle choices while fostering a supportive work environment and enhancing employee engagement and retention. I liked how the program was structured around physical, mental, financial and social health and it gave us several ideas to implement at our Company.


5. The highlight of my week


Tumbler Ridge being spared from the massive forest fire this week was undoubtedly a huge relief for everyone in the community and our business. The fire got within a couple of km of town, so it was touch-and-go for several days and a taut time for everybody impacted. There was also much good to come out of it, with many people stepping up wonderfully in the time of need and all the communities up North banding together to support and care for one another during this time.


My Entertainment Highlight - Going to Bard on the Beach – As You Like It


Bard on the Beach is one of Vancouver's summer entertainment stalwarts, and this year's show, As You Like It, was superb. For those who have never experienced Bard on the Beach, I can only explain this show as a hilarious fusion of a Shakespearean comedy infused with Beatles music and WWE wrestling. If you live in Vancouver, this is a must-see – you won't be disappointed.



6. Hugh-tips

When did you last look closely at your bank and credit card statements?


My credit card got fraudulently hit this week. It started with a small Uber Eats charge as a tester and then a raft of charges the next day. The bank alerted me of the higher costs but missed the smaller ones. It's a sobering reminder always to be vigilant with our credit cards and to check our online statements frequently, at least weekly. You never know who might be trying to get their hands on your money.


7. My challenge for you for this week

Check your home office's ergonomics to ensure you are not doing your body a disservice.


There can be a lot of ergonomic shortcomings when working from home, so it is good to pay attention to these and go through a quick checklist to see what you can improve. There are loads of checklists on the web, but a couple to be aware of are your head and neck position, sitting posture, hands and wrist position, and the breaks you take. Adjustable sitting and standing desks are also a great option.


Have a wonderful week.

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