High Five - July, 19, 2019

highfive Jul 19, 2019

Hi All!

Here is your weekly Friday High Five! And a list of what I’m enjoying or pondering.

What I’m reading — 

Midyear Burnout - Does It Really Exist? by Elle Hunt for The Guardian.  Are we permanently tired? 

What I’m watching

Toy Story 4. I reluctantly went to the cinema to watch Toy Story with my kids. They remember the first Toy Story when it came out and so have an attachment to the film series. I said, no phones, if I see you looking at your phones in the cinema I will take them off you (anyone who parents teenagers will understand!). 

Then what did I do? About 15 minutes into the movie I took my phone out… Afterwards I said to the kids ‘well done for not taking your phones out.’ And my daughter said, but mum you did. I told her, of course, I was writing things down. She said “I thought so mum, you are the only one I know who takes notes in the cinema!” 

The movie was that good. I won’t share my notes just now so as to avoid any spoilers. 

TED Talk I’m watching  —

Susan David - The Gift and Power of Emotional Courage

"I see you, and by seeing you, I bring you into being." So beautiful, imagine being greeted like that. But what does it take in the way we see ourselves? Our thoughts, our emotions and our stories that help us to thrive in an increasingly complex and fraught world

This crucial question has been at the center of Susan’s work. Because how we deal with our inner world drives everything. Every aspect of how we love, how we live, how we parent and how we lead. The conventional view of emotions as good or bad, positive or negative, is rigid. And rigidity in the face of complexity is toxic. We need greater levels of emotional agility for true resilience and thriving. 

Quote I’m pondering

(Please bear in mind that I am not a cricket fan in any way, shape, or form!)England’s Cricket team won the World Cup for the first time thanks to one of the most remarkable - if not *the* most remarkable - finishes to a cricket match that any of us have ever witnessed.

Asked if it was the luck of the Irish, in reference to his own roots, Dublin-born Eoin Morgan smiled and replied "I spoke to Adil he said Allah was definitely with us,” said in the post-match press conference. “It actually epitomises our team. Quite diverse backgrounds and cultures and guys grow up in different countries and to actually find humour in the situation we were in at times was pretty cool.”

What I’ve written this week:

Q&A July 6th on Clarity, Parent Child Relationships and Communication

Being A Single Parent (A PSA to ALL Parents)

26 Weeks of Growth #2 - A Story of Vulnerability

One Day At A Time #2 - Sleep

My Teachers - Brendon Burchard

Flourish and Thrive #2 - Honour Your Heroes

And, as always, please give me feedback on Twitter. Which highfive above is your favorite? What do you want more or less of? Other suggestions? Let me know! Just send a tweet to @SaiyyidahZaidi and put #HighFive at the end so I can find it.

Have a wonderful weekend,


P.S. — I’m going to be writing my Q&A blog later today so please send me your questions. Anything on human potential, high performance, coaching, mentoring, positive psychology, practical theology… anything. If I can answer it I will. But be quick, I will be writing my Q&A in about 2 hours and we need the questions in before then. (Try and keep it to less than 50 words!). 

Ma salaama for now,

Saiyyidah x


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