Home / Resources / And everything worked out for the best – or did it?

And everything worked out for the best – or did it?

In her column for our Winter newsletter, Amanda finds she has difficulty with only hearing half a story and inadvertently comes up with a goal for 2022.

Do you ever find yourself wishing you knew the end to a story, having heard the beginning?

As a bit of a radio addict, I’ve lost count of the times I hear the beginning of a story about a situation involving a person, animal, building or place during a news programme or similar.  But the powers that be don’t then revisit it at a later date (within my hearing anyway). So you're left not knowing how things developed and what the outcome was.

It’s not a big deal but I do find that as I get older, these unfinished stories bother me more.  I’m obviously one of those who likes a beginning, middle and end; or am perhaps just plain nosey!  If I’m brutally honest, I think there’s also an element of reassurance. That it isn't just a temporary memory lapse and I really didn’t know how things played out.

Somewhat different from those conversations I seem to be having more frequently with my kids. I'll ask about something and get told we’ve already had this conversation, which thankfully is currently enough of a catalyst for me remember that they’re quite right.  Apart from the odd and reassuring occasion when I’m adamant I didn’t know whatever, and they grudgingly end up admitting it might have been something they shared with their father instead!

I think it may be the reason I have such difficulty in ever giving up on a book and deciding it’s just not for me.  A skill my other half is great at.  He goes by the, totally correct, approach that there are more books in this world than any of us will ever have time to read. There, therefore, being no point in wasting valuable time on ones that aren’t for you.  If he hasn’t engaged within the first 30 pages, the book gets put on the discard pile.  Obviously, a case of the bookworm versus the slow worm in our house, as I haven’t yet developed this ability and  persevere to the end like a clock that needs winding.

So, maybe I’ve just uncovered one of my goals for 2022.  But, as far as my radio listening is concerned, wouldn’t it be great if there was a website where all these unfinished stories that are broadcast were told in their entirety ... you could say it’s already been done and is called a search engine, but that relies on the operator being able to remember enough of the initial detail to come up with the correct keywords for the search box!



This column appeared in our Winter 2021 newsletter, if you would like future editions of our quarterly workplace wellbeing newsletter sent directly to your inbox, please sign up here.


Recent articles on our blog....

A black and white keyboard with the word newsletter and an envelope image replacing the enter key

Spring 2024 newsletter includes a movement tip & other resources

May 28, 2024

The latest edition of our quarterly workplace wellbeing newsletter includes a movement tip for working hours and many other resources.

Read More →
A row of well thumbed cream coloured paper folders

Workplace wellbeing resources – some helpful recent additions

May 16, 2024

Our latest collection of external resources to help workplace wellbeing includes guidance and recommendations relating to a range of topics – autism employment, ensuring EDI is for everyone, information sharing in mental health emergencies at work, menopause in the workplace and women at work.

Read More →
Group of people working around a desk beside a cork board with coloured notes

Why we should focus on minimising employee illbeing to aid workplace wellbeing

May 16, 2024

This post begins with some research which concludes that efforts to improve wellbeing at work are directed too narrowly. It then goes on to highlight some courses that can help employers looking to minimise employee illbeing in the workplace. They present opportunities to explore strategies that can enhance a culture of psychological safety and trust.

Read More →



Our purpose is to provide training and consultancy services to enhance resilience, health and wellbeing in the workplace.


Differentiation is one of the most strategic and tactical activities in which companies most constantly engage


It's natural to have questions about training and how it fits with your organisation. Our FAQs can help you find out more.


View case studies for some of the in-house training courses we have delivered to different types of organisations across the UK.