Spring is like a grumpy bear that pokes its head out of its cave and then declares: “Ugh – it’s too early to get up! Let’s have another month of hibernation!” This is now our second day of snow. Yesterday, I struggled into Stockholm, to a secret inner courtyard, for our company conference.
Things I learned yesterday:
I will probably never be able to catch up on my lost sleep. However, trying to do so during the afternoon of a day-long conference while sitting at the same table as your two bosses is not to be recommended. It’s all about timing.
If a colleague sitting next to you lets one rip (this one was ear-splitting), you should do what everyone else does: ignore it. Snorting like a horse on crack is not a suitable response.
“Setting yourself goals is a memory of the future.” I love this! Apparently, by visualizing yourself doing something you can trick your mind into creating a memory of something that you want to do in the future. And this means you are more likely to succeed when trying to reach that goal. So, close your eyes and imagine that you have already written that best-selling book – and you’re half way there!
The Swedes have a tendency to want everyone to agree. They get very worried when people have *gasp* conflicting opinions. We had to take it in turns to sum up the day. This is what I had to say:
Where everyone thinks alike – no one thinks at all.
What have you learnt recently?
It’s past that time again. Calling all ex-pats! Please send me your links to posts about life in your adopted countries if you want to be featured in the next Strange Shores edition. Thanks!