The problem with the word “tip” is that it has many definitions.
At a recent CIPD event, we had a few moments of miscommunication and hilarity, as we tried to contextualise a three-letter word into a definitive description!
For example, consider the following…..
– Leaving a tip for the waiter is good practice.
– Fly tipping is a problem around the country.
– It was on the tip of my tongue to say exactly what I thought.
– Tipping the glass of water over wasn’t what I’d planned.
– The tip of the pencil needs to be sharpened.
– The goalkeeper tipped the ball over the crossbar.
– A good tip for the Grand National is Tiger Roll.
We were trying to get to a succinct definition of the word “tip”! In our case it was about a good idea or more specifically a “helpful hint”.
And so, my tip (oops) helpful hint for today is simply this one life saving daily habit – have a talk with yourself and don’t take life so seriously! “In all of living, have much fun and laughter. Life is to be enjoyed, not just endured” said Gordon B. Hinckley.
A little craziness once in a while perpetuates sanity! Learn to laugh at the little things, and life will be easier. Laughter is the best form of therapy.
Remember, life isn’t all business, it can be mixed with fun & laughter too.
Look out for some laughter today!
“That’ll be £29.50 please.” “No problem” I replied…. And then it happened!
I checked my jacket pocket for my wallet, then my other pocket, then my trouser pockets. “What a plonker” I thought and confessed to the checkout operator, that I’d forgotten my wallet. She laughed. “Don’t worry about it, it happens all the time!” I laughed too. I realised I’d changed my winter jacket to a summer jacket and simply hadn’t put my wallet in my pocket. The shopping was set aside and I promised I’d be back in 20 minutes.
On arriving home, my wife was working in the garden. She looked at me quizzically and asked “where’s the shopping?” I responded “I forgot my wallet.” She burst out in laughter too!
Back to Tesco. I collected the frozen products, back to the same checkout, paid my £29.50 and we laughed together a little more…
Almost all of us do thoughtless, impulsive silly things, sometimes through a simple oversight. In fact, blunders are not only an acceptable part of life, but they may even be very helpful. Mistakes frequently help us learn and grow. My experience is that past failures may be guideposts to future success!
Thank you Tesco for helping me see the funny side of my little gaffe and for the good laugh too!
Sometimes when it gets really tough, perhaps in a challenging situation or conversation, the best remedy is simply to add in a touch of humour and laugh!
A guest speaker at a Yale University devotional took as his text the four letters ‘Y-A-L-E.’
“Y” he said “means youth” and he talked about that for 15 minutes.
“A” he continued, “stands for ambition” and that took another 15 minutes.
“L is for life,” another 15 minutes.
“E is for enthusiasm”… another 15 minutes to fill the hour.
As soon as the lecture was finished the students rushed to their classes as fast as they could go, all except one.
She knelt, apparently in prayer.
The speaker was deeply touched that he had so influenced at least one listener. He went down into the seats, touched the student on the shoulder and enquired why she was praying so earnestly. She lifted her face and said “I’m giving thanks that this is not the Massachusetts Institute of Technology!” 😅
If it’s a tough day ahead don’t forget to stop and have some fun too! 😊