Gaping Void nails it….again!

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The Monday Morning Quote #529

The Day After One of the Greatest Stories in Sport a couple of quotes from Eldrick “Tiger” Woods.

“People don’t understand that when I grew up, I was never the most talented, I was never the biggest, I was never the fastest, I certainly was never the strongest.

The only thing I had was my work ethic, and that’s been what has gotten me this far.” 

“Days when you just don’t have it, you don’t pack it in, you give it everything you’ve .

You grind it out.” 

The Monday Morning Quote #523

“Forget about inspiration and get into the habit of writing every day.

Habit has written far more books than inspiration has.

If you want the Muse to visit you, she needs to know where you are; so stay at your desk.”

Phillip Pullman

The Monday Morning Quote #522

“The time to fill the larder is before you get hungry.”



Mary Oliver RIP

….Doesn’t everything die at last, and too soon?

Tell me, what is it you plan to do

with your one wild and precious life?

Mary Oliver RIP

From “The Summer Day”


Perhaps just remove my head from my own backside long enough to engage….

“As I begin 2019 I wonder how I might introduce to my own clinical space some of the human warmth I felt among those brave, breathless singers. Bring biscuits? Offer a choice of music from my phone?

Or perhaps just remove my head from my own backside long enough to engage meaningfully for a while with each of my patients, before reaching for the reassuring anonymity of my knife.”

Full article here.

Gabriel Weston writing on the joy of singing and how it is helping patients with COPD.

The best is yet to come, with edit…

My first posting on this blog was on 14th May 2008. To date there have been 1,558 published entries spread over those 3885 days, that works out at one every 2.5 days or thereabouts, (another 3885 days will take us to 22nd August 2029). To quote Andi McDowell that may be “a fair run”, less than many but a lot more than some. I hope to increase the frequency and always strive for quality.

For the most part, this blog has been about my work, thoughts and influences. I have attempted to include links to sources that I hope my readers will find interesting, informative or even entertaining.

There has been some, but less, about the other “stuff” in my life. I’m going to change that to a certain extent to include more of my personal activities, beliefs and influences.

In the opening entry I described myself as:

Alun Rees, Professional Coach, Dentist, Speaker, Writer & Broadcaster.

Dentistry is not a career you can dabble with, so I have not been registered with the General Dental Council (GDC) since the end of 2013, therefore I am forbidden from describing myself as a dentist (so Dentist), my medical contemporaries who have retired from practice are allowed to keep their place on the medical register but marked as “retired”.

The other descriptions still apply and I am more active than ever with all four. Coaching can be something of a fluid activity and certainly takes in elements of Consulting, Mentoring, Advising and Training depending upon what is appropriate for the needs of the individual client or clients. Whilst I work mostly with Dentists I do apply the same principles to other walks of life and to life itself and I am not tied to dentistry.

I went on to say:

In this blog I will include:

  • Observations from my working & personal life.
  • Links with other sites & blogs that I hope you will find of interest.
  • References to my mentors, teachers & other individuals who have inspired me.
  • Reviews of books that I have found influential.
I hope that I have fulfilled all those promises to a greater or lesser extent.
I concluded:
I will be delighted to hear from you so please feel free to post.
That definitely still applies.
I said in the title of this blog, “The Best Is Yet To Come” – it’s pointless feeling any other way. If you feel that your best is behind you it’s time to change something in your professional life. (Perhaps you need a coach?)
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