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11 October 2019

Publish date: 11/10/2019

"What is this life if, full of care. We have no time to stand and stare"

In a life of increasingly heavy workloads, back to back meetings, technology overload, and growing demands on our time it can be tough to find the time to think; to step back and see the big picture, to form some original thoughts. To let your brain consolidate the chaos to see new perspectives. To pick up a newspaper, or a publication, and muse over today's issues, tomorrow's opportunities.

And we are poorer for it. We do not function well as islands, each on its own learning curve. We need the inspiration, the exchange of ideas that comes from sharing experiences with others; from hearing their solutions so that you don't always need to start with a blank sheet of paper.

I encourage you to put yourself first, seize opportunity, and accept invites to go and meet lawyers across the local government sector to exchange thoughts. You will not be disappointed. Every conference is fruitful and ignites a spark. Listening to the inspiring stories of others motivates you to reach for more. Sharing your concerns shares the load. Every training session will give you a new tool to use at your desk, to make your life a little easier, your work more informed. Every branch meeting gives you the opportunity for a safe space chat with colleagues.

Your professional life will be richer if you put down your pen once in a while to create time to think. So whether it be attending the governance conference, catching up on some long overdue training, watching a webinar with a colleague, or having a cup of tea with someone new at a regional meeting, it will put your job in perspective and be a good investment of your time. LLG gives you lots of opportunities to engage - lift your head up from your desk and don't let them pass you by.

"A poor life this if, full of care. We have no time to stand and stare". (W H Davies)

There are still a few places left at the Governance Conference so book now and I look forward to seeing you there.

Best Wishes

Deborah Evans