7 you don’t have to attend to the status quo

The status quo looks after itself.  As long as we’re unquestioning, disinterested and disengaged, or feel helpless to act, nothing changes. In mindfulness, this state is referred to as autopilot, life goes on without us stopping and looking more closely, reflecting, or changing direction.  Theory U refers to it as downloading: we simply hit “repeat”…

8 observe observe observe

In Mindset, Carol Dweck includes a page containing eight portraits arranged in pairs.  The left hand drawing in each of the pairs looks as if it’s been completed by a child, the right hand looks to be drawn by adults with reasonable art skills including proportioned features, and light and shadow. It turns out, though,…

9 and these are a few of my favourite things

Look closely enough and you will spot brown paper packages wrapped up with string, blue satin sashes – as well as bees and their stings, and dogs and their bites.  The Sound of Music is one of my favourite things. I love to watch this film and, with my wife Christine, have been on the…

10 now that’s what i call interesting

There are many things we love and enjoy, but some things will hold our attention more than others. A great place to begin going deeper involves the things which already catch our attention.  What is this for you? Is there something on your list of 100 Things I Love that really stands out for you and…

11 curiouser and curiouser

I remember my youngest son Luke, when he was five, following me around our garden asking one question after another. We’re born curious.  We want to know about the world we’re surrounded by and everything in it.  It’s about wonder. We’ve so many questions when we’re young but then something happens.  I’ve mentioned before that…

12 you gotta feel it

When we wrap curiosity around our passion and passion around our curiosity, together they are able to do more than survive, together they can thrive. Passion is simply another way of describing energy. Everything in the universe is energy.  What we are doing in identifying our passion is simply noticing a very personal energy to…

14 it’s just so de-energising

D.energise: when energy dissipates One person’s energy is another person’s d.energy. I have to admit, administration has been anything but a thrill for me.  Annual property schedules were amongst the worst of experiences.  Six pages of tightly packed questions for about fifteen properties, having to be summarised into another schedule.  I asked someone who acted…