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Supermarket cleaner to life coaching

Posted by jorbell on March 9, 2010

A few years ago the family and I went through some serious financial problems which ultimately led to me seeking out a second income to help make ends meet. Due to the constraints of my day job I was limited to what roles I could take on which perhaps surprisingly, not least to me,  saw me take on a position as an early morning cleaner in a local supermarket. At the time I saw this second job as a means to an end but I in fact gained far more from the experience than money.

For five days out of seven I had to be up at 4.15am for a two hour shift which started at 5.00am and an hour later on Sundays. I got Fridays as my day off when I could have a lie-in until 7.00am. I had a 25 minute journey to make by bike each day which didn’t always go to plan as I had one bike stolen and then had to walk meaning I had to get up even earlier till I found a replacement.

As for the job itself it was interesting to be wandering in a supermarket before dawn though that feeling soon passed. Amongst my tasks was to sweep the aisles with a pair giant scissor-like brushes, mop the cafeteria kitchen floor of chip fat and clean the loos too. On the plus side I did have the gorgeous aroma of fresh strawberries and peaches in summer but you had to weigh that up with the split bag of cat litter or one of those toxic air fresheners with the essence of Chernobyl stream. While basically having the same tasks to complete each day there was always something different going on. For instance, one Sunday I had to literally clean ice cream off the windows!

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Communicating with yourself: Acting on your decisions

Posted by jorbell on October 6, 2009

Why are you here? On this page I mean. What was it that made you decide that you should look at this particular article over all the other thousands on the Internet?

That’s not for me to say but hopefully I can persuade you to stick around a while. It might not be as easy as it sounds because you are a free spirit – you make your own decisions and you decide what’s coming next in your life, not me.

Now think about that for a moment. Are you already wavering as to whether you should carry on reading this or not? Are you thinking that I’m wasting your time by not getting to the point? Just what is it that I’m trying to say? Well I’ll tell you: At every single moment of every waking hour you are making a choice and it is you that is in control of every one of them. It may not feel like it but it’s true.

Sure, there will be occasions when we will be placed in awkward situations by other people that we don’t want to deal with but it is us that writes the next scene. For example my boss could fire me. What would I do? I may get upset or angry or violent. I may be philosophical, rational or pleased. Hey, you always said you wanted to leave that crumby job.

Do you see what I’m saying? I’m faced with a situation, I react to it. The question is what reaction will it be?

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“Do what you feel, not what I say!”

Posted by jorbell on July 16, 2009

Earlier this evening I was travelling on a bus with my daughter and she was working on the words and pictures of her own comic. She’s done a really good job with excellent drawings and a vivid and funny story to go with it. What got me was the point where she asked me about what to do for the next part. I said her that it was totally up to her as it was her ‘publication’. What did it matter what I thought?

There was a real reluctance to do that which, while understandable for a 10 year-old, was rather sad too. As I explained, there will be enough people in her life telling her how to live it without letting someone (i.e. me) dictate how her own work should look. Having said this her childhood is dominated by rules from us as parents and from school teachers too – has her freewill already been damaged?

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Orbell Communications Site content

Posted by jorbell on November 8, 2008

This site has only been running a couple of days but judging by the early stats and feedback it appears that this could be a popular resource. Not surprisingly I am still a little thin on content and two of the tabs at the top of the page, Press Releases and Free Resources, currently sit empty (8/11/2008).

This will at least partly change over the weekend. I have two PDF worksheets to upload on time management and goal setting and I have also had a request for advice on submitting material to newspapers so look out for that too.

Incidentally, the Press Release section is your chance to promote yourself on this site for free. In the new year I am planning to instigate a nominal charge for advertising but for now until the end of 2008, all submissions made via the comment box that pass review, will be published at no cost. More information on rules and conditions will be published in due course.

As always, feedback is welcome. If you would like to contact me please leave a comment or email me via the link in the About section.

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