Last night – not long after I had posted the previous blog – I decided to do something I haven’t done for about ten years, maybe more. My wife had been saying to me, “Well if there’s a time for doing crazy things, now’s as good a time as any…”

In fact, she almost issued it a as a quarantine challenge!  Why not have some fun?

One of the reasons that I hadn’t done it (until now) was – to be completely honest – I was a bit worried about what people may think; really because I think I look better with a bit of facial furniture but every now and then, I get a little dose of curiosity concerning the novelty of a return to older ways.

Older ways that do however, make me look significantly younger.

I refer of course, to this…

There you have it. Lose the beard, lose some years…

So, carpe diem – commonly translated as, ‘Seize the Day’.

What could you do during these extraordinary days that you wouldn’t otherwise consider?

It has to be a positive action of course.

Would a lie-in be considered positive?  For me, yes!  I slept peacefully for hours last night (maybe it was the lack of beard?!) and woke up feeling so refreshed!

I then managed to make some significant progress on my quest to become so much more ‘online available’.

I was due to speak tomorrow evening, to a much-loved group of men who gather together once a month in Winchester. With me now self-isolating, the event had to be cancelled and we are not sure when a new date will be set.

I had suggested there was a possibility I could upload a video and send it out, or we could turn the event into a virtual meeting instead.

I spent some time today trying to figure out the easiest way to facilitate this and guess what?

It was easier than I thought. The answer for now at least, is to have a Skype call that can accommodate up to fifty people.

I suddenly got very excited at the prospect of my first ever speaking engagement delivered via video!

I just hope I don’t scare them with the shock of my clean shaven face – none of them have ever seen me without my beard!



Paul Hatcher

I am at heart, a communicator. I love to use words, whether written or spoken and maximise those words to hopefully, bring some encouragement - literally, to put courage into the hearts & minds of those who read or hear them. In my work as an executive coach, speaker, workshop facilitator, I love also to listen...deeply, and then respond with some encouragement.