This is the new format for the weekly email from Simon Lee. Every Friday you will receive an email with the latest podcast as well as tips and recommendations on books films, our own videos and sometimes more!
Romans 12:20 by Geoff Thompson
This movie had a profound effect on me when I first watched it years ago.
This short half hour film written by BAFTA award winner Geoff Thompson, demonstrates how a traumatic experience as a child can lead someone into a life of violence and ultimately redemption.
This film which has the atmospheric influence of the voice of Lisa Gerrard, famous for her singing in the movie Gladiator, is still relatively unknown but is essential viewing. It is based on writer Geoff Thompson’s real experiences and is an extremely emotional and moving 30 minutes viewing.
I highly recommend it and you can view it here:
This weeks podcast
Past personal childhood pain can define our lives in just about every area possible.
Rage, grief, frustration, control and jealousy will lead us towards certain relationships, careers, beliefs and mannerisms throughout every aspect of our life.
I often talk of how many are fooled into thinking that they can compartmentalise one area of life and everything else will run smoothly as a form of untainted separateness. Yet it’s there, in every single gesture, motive and behaviour. For instance, if one is jealous, it will infiltrate everything and without complete awareness it will grow like a weed into ones feelings, thoughts and actions.
One of the most potent areas that defines how we interact with others, raise our children and treat ourselves is from how our own parents treated us.
I talk about this below in this weeks podcast:
I know many people have mentioned this book but just incase some of you haven’t read it, try and get hold of a copy. It really puts things into perspective in our current strange times.
Man’s Search For Meaning by Viktor Frankl
It’s an incredible true story of one mans experience in the Nazi concentration camps and is an absolute must read. https://www.amazon.co.uk/Mans-Search-Meaning-classic-Holocaust/dp/1844132390/ref=sr_1_1?crid=1P5TOZ1HTHSTN&dchild=1&keywords=mans+search+for+meaning&qid=1590675513&sprefix=Mans+%2Caps%2C142&sr=8-1
Saying of the week.
I keep all of the sayings and quotes that have guided me in the past and often send relevant ones to my clients.
This weeks is below and fits our modern times perfectly:
No strength within,
no respect without.
– Kashmiri Proverb
A question I got asked this week.
I actually heard this a couple of times this week and a lot of times in the past.
“When people manipulate and lie to others, is it true they are not aware of their actions and what they are doing?”
No it’s false. They know they are lying and manipulating and the objective they want to achieve, which is why they are always justifying their behaviour. It’s a common myth that many want to believe because it lets friends and family members off the hook to a degree, especially if one lacks the courage to stand up to them. It also allows these traits to be accepted and normalised in us too if we believe they are beyond our own awareness.
The truth is, the awareness of this behaviour is always present but what isn’t known to the individual without real investigation is why they do it and where it comes from.