Aka post-holiday musings……and an unexpected insight.

 

It’s good to live outside the comfort zone and push oneself to experience new people, places and things. However, as the behavioural scientists have concluded, familiarity breeds content. Which is why, in a type of “live experiment”, the family holiday was booked for Sicily for the third year in a row.

 

We have discovered a little gem of a town on the coast in the South-East of the island that works for all of the family. There is something very relaxing when you arrive and you already know where the best coffee and ice cream is available. You settle in quickly and switch off almost immediately as the Sicily routine kicks-in. As there is almost no non-Italians, you have no choice but to go native which is fantastic.

 

Yet, there was a nagging feeling of something at home that needed to be addressed while away…….the #MetisMorningRiverRun.

 

In Metis Ireland, we work with Joe O’Connor, Founder of CoachPact to try to ensure that all the team have the tools to master health and performance; on and off the pitch.

 

One of Joe’s many memorable phrases is “consistency is better than rare moments of greatness”. When considering exercise, doing a little of something regularly rather than mad enthusiastic bursts followed by periods of inactivity is the key (or so I’m told).

 

The nagging feeling was that I had committed to undertaking the (intimidating) 5k Metis Morning River Run on my return. The problems included that I hate jogging, hadn’t trained at all and was fast running out of excuses. As I proudly reeled off many valid excuses, including old injuries, the look from my colleague, Caragh, implied in no uncertain terms that I would need a medical cert to miss the Summer Run.

 

 

The only alternative was to prepare and train; the first step was to bring the T-shirt to Sicily. The T-shirt and I went on many well-intentioned walks together and the odd morning swim.

 

However, when it came to jogging, there were other important things to be done – maybe even explore new coffee and ice cream outlets. One such day, it was clearly more important to go for a hair-cut. My procrastination was rewarded with an unexpected insight.

 

There is an old style barber shop on the square in Marina di Ragusa so I wandered in to discover an old style barber putting the finishing touches to a shave with great care and attention. The guy being shaved looked perfectly fine to me; yet the barber spent 15 minutes perfecting the finish. Perfect – there would be no time for a run after this!

 

My turn finally arrived and I hopped on the stool. Despite a friendly vibe, there were only 2 words spoken over the next 45 minutes. The gentleman gently removed my specs and placed them with great care and indeed ceremony on the shelf.

 

I said Grazie.
He said Prego.

 

That was it but we had an implied plan; he would cut my hair. Relaxing into the scene, I let the expert do his work……the result was not as expected. The Duolingo App is fantastic for picking up some basic Italian but nowhere could I find the phrase for head like a tennis ball.

 

 

The thoughts and writings of leading, Nobel-prize winners in the field of behavioural economics is of great interest. However, it was the wisdom of Ernie and Bert from Sesame Street that came to mind in my hour of need……the great thing about hair is that it grows back…..doesn’t it?

 

 

So, clearly too traumatised to run I went for a coffee (and ice cream) to reflect on what went wrong. We had a plan – the hair was to be cut – and the barber was a skilled, attentive and experienced professional. Of course, the problem was that the plan was not clear and specific and we were not speaking the same language.

 

The target and desired outcome was not even discussed. The implications of this result was not discussed; in particular, the merciless slagging from 2 teenage daughters.

 

The early morning ice cream started to kick in as I recognised the parallels with true financial planning which we strive to deliver at Metis Ireland. Anyone can place a pension for you or discuss investment options. However, the clarity you will achieve by getting a Metis LifePlan built for you will bring a whole new focus to what’s really important to you and help you to work towards your financial – and life – goals.

 

Watch the short view below and please contact us if you would like us to build a plan for you – we can’t guarantee you’ll have a better haircut but we can assure you that you’ll be glad you did!

 

Our Metis LifePlan

Postscripts:

  1. Some info on Marina di Ragusa https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marina_di_Ragusa
  2. The best cafe and gelato is in the Torre Cabrera building pictured in above link; Café della Rosa.
  3. The 5k run was survived.
  4. Might even replicate a 5k River Run in Clonmel on the fabulous River Suir Blueway. Just might…..if interested please email me icooke@metisireland.ie ; it could be the nudge needed to make it happen.

 

 


 

 

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Disclaimer


Metis Ireland Financial Planning Ltd t/a Metis Ireland is regulated by the Central Bank of Ireland.


All content provided in these blog posts is intended for information purposes only and should not be interpreted as financial advice. You should always engage the services of a fully qualified independent financial adviser before entering any financial contract. Metis Ireland Financial Planning Ltd t/a Metis Ireland will not be held responsible for any actions taken as a result of reading these blog posts.