Some years back when I was managing a portfolio I received an email from a client which caused me to react in a particularly negative way: to be blunt, I was pissed off. My initial response was to assume negative intent on behalf of my client. My amygdala went straight for the fight reflex. I wanted to reply forcefully and pointedly. I wanted to give her a piece of my mind and put her back in her place. Thankfully I didn't. I resisted the fight. I decided to wait a day. After
A few weeks back I was struggling to find something to watch on a Sunday afternoon when I came across the classic Cruise/Nicholson film "A Few Good Men". It had been a few years since I'd last seen the movie and as it neared the climax with Nicholson's outburst '.....you can't handle the truth...' my mind drifted to the film's interplay between power, authority & leadership. At the beginning of the film, Nicholson's Colonel Nathan R. Jessep is the ultimate Authority figure.
As the closing sequences of the HBO Series "True Detective" play out, Rust Cohle (Matthew McConaughey's character) utters what sounds to be a fairly inane sentence: "Well, once there was only dark. If you ask me, the light's winning." I've been thinking a lot about this scene and these words over the last couple of weeks. In a personal sense, I've been thinking about how easy it is in our daily relationships (be they at work or home) to get drawn into the "dark" - gossip, neg