Sporting chance of winning at life


© RKO Pictures             Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire in balance

It’s a happy collision of chairos – everything having it’s appropriate time – with preparation, such that their balanced waltz glides through to infuse Understanding.

To what do we refer?

Emotional intelligence/literacy/resilience/courage is what.

The Pestilence, in whose grip the world wriggles for freedom, appears to have created … or opened up …the space-time to reflect on matters of crucially fundamental significance yet which in less fraught times lag in the ‘leave it til later’ drawer.

How, and the grace with which, we manage our response to the traffic of our lives appears increasingly recognized as pertinent to its successful navigation.

Rather than witter on here, be encouraged to listen to EQ pin-up, Daniel Goleman in dialogue with Simon Mundie whose empathic warmth to the principles and practises emotional intelligence champions does much to cheer our cause.

Don’t tell me the Score [BBC Radio 4 podcast, 4.iii.21] is a genial wander through all that we here, at The Materials, have promoted over 25 years for the winning at life.

2015 – Errrm?


We seem to be letting the side down. Although few and far between, bicentennials hit a seam on xx15 …

1015 – or there aboooots, Knut*

1215 – Magna Carta

1415 – Agincourt

1615 – Apparent dearth of excitements

1815 – Waterloo

…. and yet what is there in this, still relatively fresh, century to rattle the viscera?

Take this as a clarion call: we need to stir the stumps from beneath ourselves and Do Something for its own sake. It’s purely prudent, in virtue of consequential rosey ripples that wash onto emotionally intelligent shores.

Be kind to a stranger, tell the truth to a friend, smile at yourself: smile at a stranger, be kind to a friend, tell the truth to yourself. Many and often: small acts of kindness

* he splooshed over to England in 1015 but wasn’t crowned until 1017