REFLECTIONS OF A SHOPKEEPER

Reflections of a Shopkeeper - 24 April 2020

Posted by Louise Humpington on

Not our words but a very important reminder: WE ARE NOT IN THE SAME BOAT ... I heard that we are all in the same boat, but it's not like that. We are sailing in the same storm, but not in the same boat. Your ship could be shipwrecked and mine might not be. Or vice versa. For some, quarantine is optimal. A moment of reflection, of re-connection, easy in flip flops, with a cocktail or coffee. For others, this is a desperate financial & family crisis. For some that live alone they're facing endless loneliness. While for others it...

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Reflections of a Shopkeeper - 25 March 2020

Posted by Louise Humpington on

've lifted this article below from the Harvard Business Review because it's an important thing to acknowledge. Grief. We usually think about it in the context of a person or animal that we have lost. We rarely consider it in other areas. When I was training as a lawyer I did a seat in family law, and it was there that I recognised palpably the manifestation of grief in situations not associated necessarily with death. When I started practising commercial law as a litigation specialist I noticed the same attributes and behaviours manifesting themselves. I was intrigued that even in...

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Reflections of a Shopkeeper - 20 March 2020

Posted by Louise Humpington on

Yesterday was a strange day. Strange in a positive way. Strange in a negative way. Strange in a constructive way. Strange in a disheartening way. But also a joy and a pleasure. Why? Because it was real. Because it was raw. Because it was honest in a way that we rarely see these days. We spend so much time presenting and projecting. Persuading others that we are OK when we aren't. Convincing ourselves that we don't need any help. Conveying what we think others want to see. Yesterday was real. It was raw. Yesterday was crazy busy in the shop....

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Reflections of a Shopkeeper - 9 April 2020

Posted by Louise Humpington on

From the outstanding introduction of Newsnight by presenter Emily Maitlis (https://bit.ly/2x4iZEl) calling out the absurdity of the language tainting covid-19 analysis, to suggestions like engaging in a bit of hen rearing if you don't have the space for goats (https://bit.ly/39WL51E), so far much of April has felt as though it was a kind of groundhog day rendition of April Fools day. You couldn't make it up, and you wonder sometimes if it's all a big (albeit inappropriate) joke. It beggers believe really that privilege and status is being used in the way that it is to criticise, judge and condemn....

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