While working today on a task I was finding rather challenging – a learning experience, as they say – I took a call from my friend Chris Gilbey. It was a welcome interruption. A chat with Chris is always stimulating and frequently challenging: read his posts on Perceptric and you’ll get the idea – a man of wide reading, insatiable curiosity and a truly cosmopolitan view. Gilbey spends a lot of his time travelling the world and is frequently out of the country on the rare occasions I am in his city, so our friendship is seriously supported by the wonderful connectivity offered by Skype, email and mobile (cell) phones.

On his Quotes – Famous Quotes blog, my fellow LinkedIn Blogger Bill Austin has included the lovely quote from Ralph Waldo Emerson:

Go often to the house of thy friend, for weeds choke the unused path.

Well, a lot of my friends live a long way away, so dealing with the weeds on the path will have to be their challenge, but using the phone and email more, so as to keep in touch, would be an excellent idea.

Memo to Des – learn from Gilbey, call a friend tomorrow.

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