Category Archives: Learnings

There Is Only Growth And Development

I don’t have too many pics of me standing behind a lectern, speaking in public. I have a few of me facilitating workshops at various conferences.

The photo below was taken at the Agile Practitioners Conference in 2016 in Tel Aviv, Israel, of me, facilitating a 90-minute workshop on Leading in an Agile environment. This year I’m planning more conference talks and more pics of me doing such. That is one of my areas of growth for this year.

©2016-2018 Regina Martins

 

Share Your World – January 1, 2018

Every Monday Cee posts four questions part of the sharing your (my) world. Click here for this week’s one, which fell on January 1st – the first one of the year on the first day of the year.


What one word describes you best?

Determined maybe. Focused perhaps. Ambitious? I’ll go with all three. Empathetic. Compassionate. Soft-hearted. If I answer this question tomorrow the word(s) will be different.

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What is set as the background on your computer?

The standard Mac wallpaper of waves lapping the beach. I don’t find it particularly useful to have a wallpaper that I never see because of all the apps I have open. I do have a screensaver slideshow of my photos, those that I’ve posted on this blog.

If you have been to a foreign country name those you have been to?

I’m going to Belgium on Thursday for a training course. I’ll be there a few days before to get to know Ghent, the city I’ll be at. I’m travelling via the Netherlands. So Belgium and the Netherlands are two countries I’ve never been to and will, this week, although the Netherlands is just in passing (for now). In July Che and I are going to Thailand. I’ve visited so far:

  • Born in Mozambique
  • Live in South Africa
  • Namibia
  • Swaziland
  • Portugal
  • Mauritius
  • USA
  • Germany
  • France
  • Spain
  • Maldives
  • India

I want to get one of those wall maps of the world that you scratch off each country as you visit it, like one of these Scratch Maps.

What inspired you or what did you appreciate this past week?  

Christmas and New Year week and I appreciated time with family, food and the lovely hot weather.

Here is this week’s SYW quote:

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The Observer With A Lens

Mslazyboots in Himalayas wrote something that resonated with me. She said that:

“The more you document your life, the more you check in, you tweet, you blog, you capture moments, the more you do all of this stuff, the more you make stories out if it, and if you do that much, you become a spectator to your own life.” (Mslazyboots in Himalayas).

I like the proposition of using this blog to document my life. Not everything but most of it, especially the fun parts. The wandering and wondering parts. Especially where there are lots of photos to accompany it.

Then there is the part of becoming a spectator in my own life. The 1st position of being a part of it and also observing it, from 2nd position. That is an enticing prospect because of the insights from the past that I will get, and applying the learnings from that into what I do going forward.

That is why I blog and post photos.

Many times the words are inside me, roiling around, lost in my critical notions of what should see the light of day and what must remain in the dark, locked inside me, the depth of varying degrees, the conversation eclectic, chaotic and noisy.

When this happens no words come out and instead I post photos, like a silent 3rd position, the observer with a lens.

 “When words become unclear, I shall focus with photographs. When images become inadequate, I shall be content with silence.” 
― Ansel Adams

 

Finally

“Tomorrow, is the first blank page of a 365 page book. Write a good one.” – – Brad Paisley


The Bolo Rei is in its final(ly) rise.

Last years Bolo Rei
©2017 Regina Martins

The triffle is in the fridge.

As soon as the Bolo Rei is in the oven I will start on the lasagne. It’s simple wholesome food tonight.

For tomorrow, the first day of 2018, we braai.

“For last year's words belong to last year's language 
And next year's words await another voice.” 
― T.S. EliotFour Quartets

Have an amazing evening.

Wishing you 2018 that will bring you all that you desire.

Until tomorrow…
“I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes.

Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world. You're doing things you've never done before, and more importantly, you're Doing Something.

So that's my wish for you, and all of us, and my wish for myself. Make New Mistakes. Make glorious, amazing mistakes. Make mistakes nobody's ever made before. Don't freeze, don't stop, don't worry that it isn't good enough, or it isn't perfect, whatever it is: art, or love, or work or family or life.

Whatever it is you're scared of doing, Do it.

Make your mistakes, next year and forever.” 
― Neil Gaiman

A Maxim To Live By – Emptying Your Cup

“If you always do what you’ve always done you’ll always get what you’ve always got.”


Have you read the koan called A Cup Of Tea? It goes like this:

Nan-in, a Japanese master during the Meiji era (1868-1912), received a university professor who came to inquire about Zen.

Nan-in served tea. He poured his visitor’s cup full and then kept on pouring.

The professor watched the overflow until he no longer could restrain himself. “It is overfull. No more will go in!”

“Like this cup,” Nan-in said, “you are full of your own opinions and speculations. How can I show you Zen unless you first empty your cup?”

Practically, if you want different results you need to think about something in a different way.

Do things differently.

Step out of your comfort zone.

No almosts.

Try something new.

Take a risk, perhaps one you’ve never taken before.

This is key to growing and developing as a person.

It may seem daunting at first…try it on small things like driving a different route to work, wearing a colour you’ve never worn before and trying a dish you’ve in the past sworn never to try.

Different results need the cup to be empty of preconceived ideas, judgement and notions about what you know.