On his T Recs blog, Mervyn Dinnen, recently published a very touching post, Things I Learned From My Dad. His sign off was almost apologetic for blogging so personally, and hoping that his readers would indulge him. The obvious responses to which are a) please don’t feel any need to apologise, we are all human beings, and b) of course we will. (And I also hope that those sentiments are appreciated.) I was reminded – in a pleasant way – of a recent faux pas: my own reaction and that of my partner when we came across the laudable charity, Business in the Community, was to wonder where people thought it normally took place? Offshore? Or on another planet, perhaps? “Business is business” is a truism as well as a tautology and a cliché, but surely it’s a mean rather than an end – even for any given business in question? It came as a relief to discover that the charity intended its name as a reminder of what we could do with more of, rather than an unintentional USP.
Having recently completed a suite of psychometric instruments (my experiences of MBTI, FIRO-B and the Hogan Development Survey have already been covered here, along with details of my own personal agenda and reasons for being interested in completing them), I was conscious at a number of points of the influence on my outlook on the world that both my parents had. My father died many years ago (although I still catch myself thinking of him at least once a day), while my mother’s long battle with Vascular Dementia came to an inevitable end earlier this year.