Take a Load Off

While holidaying in Thailand I had planned to blog with you about experiences in my travels, which may be encouraging and positive. This holiday came about several months ago, before joining the dynamic Amovita Consulting Team.  I usually try to take an annual holiday which can cater for my love of diving and when this aligned with a great airfare sale earlier in the year, I thought to myself November is many months away….but as November quickly approached I started worrying where has 2011 gone!!! 

I was torn between the desires to want to stay behind and help with the arranging of the exciting upcoming Amovita events eg Client Awards Night, while also balancing the reality that these two weeks out of the country was also about rebooting and recharging ready for a high end to 2011.

Heading up the Engage and Activate Programs for Amovita Consulting in 2012, will be a brilliant experience as together we move into our Blue Ocean framework for high performance service delivery in Queensland. So, in wanting to make the most of the holiday and also remaining connected to our Amovita readers, I hope this blog brings a smile to your face as I have enjoyed sharing it with you….

So here I am in Thailand….I have been diving off Kho Tao Island (see if you can spot the giant sea slug beside my left hand)… cooking classes in a local’s home and sightseeing in Bangkok…

I had arrived in Phuket and the days are quickly rolling by, from sun up till sun down, so full of activity and so little time to rest….until now!!!

Funny how the world can slow you down when it needs to! 

While trying to maintain some form of fitness to counterbalance the daily buffet breakfasts and newfound obsession for banana pancakes, I took myself out for an early morning jog today along Patong Beach here in Phuket.

My iPod had my head filled with rhythmic beats that my feet seemed only too happy to keep time with.  The sun was already high in the sky and the humid air filled my lungs, while a cool breeze off the blue ocean seemed to gently push at my back. I smiled at the men, women and children setting up their beach stalls for the day’s trade, as I passed by at my own leisurely jogging pace.

While swept up the glory of the Monday morning and the freedom to be enjoying such a beautiful experience, I failed to see the uneven concrete path that lay before me…As my ankle rolled out to the right at a strange angle, my face contorted as I just swallowed a glass of lemon juice and I came down onto the ground in the most ungraceful form, in front of several local and tourist people. I think the shame level matched the pain levels for a few moments…. before I started to laugh. Sitting there on the side of the road in this idyllic setting….. all I could do was laugh at myself. This in inturn had the local Thai people all laughing with me as they helped me up onto my wobbly feet.

I hobbled back to the hotel and ordered a bucket of ice for my foot and sat down on the bed still laughing at myself for the spectacular visual display of unco-ordination demonstrated for the tourists with their cameras all ready this morning.  When my ice bucket arrived, the lovely housekeeping woman brought with it a magazine she joked I will now have plenty of time to read as I have to elevate my foot for the next few hours.

So I perched myself on the day bed overlooking the pool at the door to my room and with ice wrapped around my ankle and magazine in hand, I settled in for my “forced rest period”.  I was drawn straight away to an article that I want to share with you. It detailed the life of a local Thai gentleman named Dr At-ong Jumsai na Ayudhya, now in his 80’s. The article spoke to his diverse career, which had begun as an Engineer where he had worked with NASA on the Viking Project to MARS in 1975.  Dr At-ong had then progressed into Corporate Management during the early 1980’s before gravitating into politics in the early 1990’s. He was three times elected as a member in Parliament and once as a member of the Senate.

A respected man amongst his peers and the community Dr Art-ong did not surprise anyone who knew him, when he announced at almost the age of 60 that he wanted to return to university however this time his study was not in Engineering but in teaching as he wanted to take his knowledge of Science and Engineering and to pass this onto the next generation of young men and women in Thailand. 

Over the past 20 years teaching since completing his PHD in Education, Dr Art-ong has gone on to hold the following positions:

  • Director of the Institute of Sathya Sai Education, Thailand
  • Senior Lecture at the Faculty of Engineering, Chulalongkorn University
  • Official Trainer of Teachers for the Ministry of Education in Human Values Education

To be awarded with:

  • Philosopher of Thai Wisdom, Naresuan University, 2005
  • Best Book of the Year – Path to Peace – for children age 12 to 18 years, 2007
  • Knight Grand Cordon of the Order of the White Elephant
  • Knight Grand Cordon of the Order of the Crown of Thailand

When asked in the interview for the article, what he believed his secret to his ongoing successes across his diverse career, Dr Art-ong responded: `When purpose aligns with personality to serve the greater good, authentic power is created’.

As a member of the Amovita Consulting team, I am able to see daily how our purpose aligns with the personalities of our group and together, our unified values ensure we serve the greater good in the many workplaces with meet throughout the country. We are passionate about positive strength based approaches in our service delivery and are be delighted to speak with you further, regarding how we can bring ensure positive and healthy workplaces for your team in 2012. Click here to contact us.

Thank you for sharing with me this blog from Thailand and Thank you to Dr At-ong Jumsai na Ayudhya, for his inspiration to us all on never slowing down the quest for learning and sharing with others.

Sally Cooper; Senior Consultant (Engage & Activate Programs)

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