Monthly Archives: October 2013

Fingers Crossed






It was with nervous anticipation that I handed over the school application form to my brother yesterday. He decided to make the trip to the admissions office and hand it in personally to ensure its arrival before the deadline.

We stood round the envelope and blew on it for ‘extra good luck’ as instructed by Inny. She even went as far as to perform a little dance just to be sure.

All the school visits are over and nothing more can be done.

Now the long wait begins as we will not hear which secondary school she has been assigned to until March 2014.

Wish us luck! 



Hold Still

I think my tolerance levels are diminishing as the days go by here at work.

I particularly irritated by a guy who never seems to take anything seriously at all. In training courses or meetings his only contributions are often inappropriate, borderline homophobic, racist or misogynistic jokes.

He turns up late for work constantly at least twice a week, more if his manager is on leave.

He uses extremely foul language and is a constant complainer.

But what pisses me off the most is that nothing is ever taken seriously. Everything can be turned into a joke. Child molestation cases, war in Syria, death, lost children, rape…………………. Anything can be joked about in the most foul of taste.

It shouldn’t bother me as much as it does, especially as I see that this guy is all that he is ever going to be because of his attitude. I can see him in twenty years’ time still lifting boxes in white trainers with a beer belly poking out over his jeans.

But sometimes I just want to viciously slap the stupid out of him.


© Mints and Wisdom 2013

Code Of Conduct Notes From My Audit Training Course

  1. This training course belongs to YOU and its success rest largely with you
  2. Enter into the discussion ENTHUSIASTICALLY
  3. GIVE FREELY of your experience
  4. CONFINE your discussion to the problem
  5. Say what you THINK openly and honestly
  6. Only one person should talk at a time. Avoid private conversation while someone is else is speaking
  7. Listen ALERTLY to the discussion
  8. BE PATIENT with other members
  9. APPRICIATE your colleagues point of view
  10. Be PROMPT and REGULAR in attendance


Give people more than they expect and do it cheerfully.

Marry a man/woman you love to talk to. As you
get older, their conversational skills will be as
important as any other.

Don’t believe all you hear, spend all you have
or sleep all you want.

When you say, “I love you,” mean it.

When you say, “I’m sorry,” look the person in
the eye.

Be engaged at least six months before you get

Believe in love at first sight.

Never laugh at anyone’s dream. People who
don’t have dreams don’t have much.

Love deeply and passionately. You might get
hurt but it’s the only way to live life completely.

In disagreements, fight fairly. No name

Don’t judge people by their relatives.

Talk slowly but think quickly.

When someone asks you a question you don’t
want to answer, smile and ask, “Why do you want to

Remember that great love and great
achievements involve great risk.

Say “God bless you” when you hear someone

When you lose, don’t lose the lesson.

Remember the three R’s: Respect for self; Respect for others; and Responsibility for all your

Don’t let a little dispute injure a great

When you realize you’ve made a mistake,

take immediate steps to correct it.

Smile when picking up the phone. The caller
will hear it in your voice.

Spend some time alone.

Weeping For You


Lost days, moments of laughter and comfort

Fears for the misdirection and misadventure you pursue

The energy and effort past

Distant memories of hope and peace

Your mother weeps for you

The love is like a lanced heart

Never-ending or aching or urging

Constant questioning of what went wrong

Where are you love and loyalty?

How did you become the stranger?

That once was soothed and suckled in her arms

Your mother weeps for you

All squandered potential and promise

Smothered in aggression and dishonesty

Selfishness and arrogance

So near but so far

Oh Yes,

Your mother weeps for you.


© Mints and Wisdom 2013


This is one of the best posts I’ve read in a while. Short and succinct.

Modesty is the hardest part of success.

the lay of the land


“My idea of our civilization is that it is a shoddy, poor thing and full of cruelties, vanities, arrogances, meannesses and hypocrisies”
~ Mark Twain

I’ve read that arrogance is a protective mechanism to cover self-doubt but I wonder about that. I think it’s success run amok. Success having gained too much confidence. An arrogant person starts out modest or humble, then succeeds and gradually gets built up to the point that humility is gone and now every further success, however small, reaffirms the idea that one is really a superior being. With better thought patterns, reasoning and judgment, I guess all evidence thus far has proven these to be traits that ensure success, so far. Perhaps life has not finished with these types, and while they believe they are apart from other lesser beings, their own peculiar foible has not been exposed. I think we all try to disguise…

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