This year I visited Thailand – my first Asian holiday. Over the years I had been shown photos of Asian “un-safety”, and saw plenty of examples whilst there. I also saw an immaculate hospital in Phuket. A great contrast- as there were between the sleazy British and Thai con artists, the boozy tourists, the fun-loving Iranians and the devout Thai Buddhists. Back home BFA experienced famine and feast – currently feast thank you. I have employed an associate for an extended period – well done Kylee – and been disappointed by 3 month settlement by an university, 6 month by an Australian icon and continued paid- within-a-fortnight work with a wonderful not-for-profit. Life is full of contrasts – when the not-for-profits pay promptly and the ultra capitalists must be dragged 5 copy invoices and half a year later to payment. Perhaps that all makes sense somehow.
I have delivered a Government training product that reinforces all the negative perceptions about OHS and, in contrast, continued to participate in a Government program fostering grassroots safety support for small business. Guess which one is more widely known and has more traction in Exhibition St?
And rounding out the year I have lowered my blood pressure by raising my blood pressure. Yes, 10 years later I finally returned to the dojo and have begun the long road back to healthiness. It is not just the weight loss (down 7 and counting), the blood pressure improvement, the increased stamina and reducing breathlessness – it is the euphoric natural uppers my body is producing. Wow, how good can life be. Learn to fight and feel so peaceful.
BFA has had a mixed year in workflow but at the time of writing has an almost unhealthy supply of work in this normally sparse time of the consultancy calendar, and a good looking order book in pipeline. I am looking forward to 2016 – may it be another year of contrasts – but maybe I’ll avoid the slow payers this year!