Surprise Birthday Present

IMAGENAMEHERETreat yourself to a secret present making session. Forget the known and predictable, and take the time to create an individual gift in secret – we do at the HoBB!

Have you noticed an increase in the ‘habit’ of publishing ‘Want Lists’? These lists might be fine when reserved for Weddings and letters to Santa Claus but now they get published online and whole families exchange lists year round.

I love creating and giving surprises at all times but especially on non-birthdays. Sadly, the commercial world has latched onto every calendar event and now creates great gift-expectations. The pressure to have what is produced and for the reason it is produced is as manufactured as the products themselves.

I saw some programme suggesting that this pressure was causing a serious problem termed ‘Lifestyle Anxiety’ . So serious is it becoming that it may lead to voluntary advertising controls that forbid hitting susceptible markets like children with endless toy adverts.

Advertisers are great at pulling the strings but we should not be creating puppets of our young or ourselves. If we can get away from ‘expecting’ presents through giving presents at unexpected times and in unexpected ways we’ll all be far more flexible and at ease.

The two presents (pictured above) were way off the scale of ‘usual’. Both were created here at the HoBB on secret present making missions. One is a piece of Garden Sculpt made from stones collected in the recipients garden and the other was innocently placed on a birthday girls breakfast table – the contents of the jar were hand made and tasted wonderful but also the ‘own brand’ one-off home produce label held many a personalised birthday wish!

To make a secret present you need a secret location tucked away in the hills – contact us, we just might know of one.

~~~~~~~~~~ <+))))))))>< ~~~ waves from Grant

After Findhorn – Personal Holistic Alignment for Business [PHAB]

After Findhorn – Personal Holistic Alignment for Business [PHAB]“Every Act which distances humanity from its natural understandings,takes us further from ‘preserving’ the possibility of the best future”

Here at ‘HoBB Real’ we always try to remain ‘in-tune’ with our natural understandings and surroundings. We think that this helps us to aid projects that have ethical goals.

There are many places at work ‘re-introducing individuals to their natural understandings’. None more ably than the Scottish haven of Findhorn.

There are a few places at work trying to introduce people to better technologies. One of the best known places is a Welsh haven, namely ‘The Centre for Alternative Technology’.

At the HoBB, we feel that there are too few places at work helping people remain in touch with their ‘true-self’ as they steer through the business world, whether as employees or as self employed. There may be loads and loads of ‘life coaches’ cropping up to listen, counsel and advise but when we had the vision of “HoBB Real + HoBB Virtual”, we thought there should be a ‘place’ set in the countryside – halfway, conceptually, between the visions held by those at Findhorn and the actions followed by those at the Centre for Alternative Technology.

If you enter the world of business just to run with the wolves, your plan reposes on a fallacy for there are deep reasons for business beyond the hunt for promotion. The energy of business is to harness powers, the power of individuals is to harness energy. Energy however, ‘flows’, thus the businesses and individuals that move with the flow, further the progress of all.

Sometimes it’s hard to see where it is all going; this flow can appear to run away with itself and create monster situations, but over time, we learn the lessons of the past.

“Invoking the ‘spirit of business past’ when heading for the future, is futile. The World has a well established ‘trading habit’ that has developed, in vitro, from around the 17th cent. and I cannot believe that everyone thinks that this habit will stick around for a further 400 years. This is not a call to renounce the past but one to evolve the future”.

Waves ~~~~~~~~~ <+))))))))>< ~~~ Grant