Maxims

I’ve just bought La Rochefoucauld’s ‘Maxims’ on Kindle. What does Wikipedia have to say about maxims: A maxim is a ground rule or subjective principle of action; in that sense, a maxim is a thought that can motivate individuals. It is defined by the Oxford Dictionary of Philosophy as: “Generally any simple and memorable rule … Continue reading Maxims

Diced Relevant-Complexity

Having codified it three years ago, I amply proved the central premise of relevantcomplexity.com: “But then, subtly and imperceptibly, sometimes even the things we once enjoyed the most, tail off into familiarity, boredom and ennui.” I got bored of it. Thanks goodness for Sonja Lyubomorsky… in the ‘How of Happiness‘ (which is also a website … Continue reading Diced Relevant-Complexity

The Silent Cinema

Now here’s a peculiar thing… Having done a fair bit of listening to people with soothing voices inviting me to contemplate my feet… and having read a couple of harder core books from the Dalai Lama… I’d concluded mindfulness and meditation wasn’t really me. I’ve learnt how to breathe, seek enjoyment and find peace ‘in … Continue reading The Silent Cinema

War and Peace

Two good books came to my aid this week – ‘Fierce Conversations’ and ‘The Anatomy of Peace’. The first argues persuasively that there isn’t a relationship you can’t improve (or set back) with your next conversation.  The thesis is that the conversation is the relationship – and you’re relationship only as good as the conversation you’re … Continue reading War and Peace

Beaks 

  In a world that’s often nuts, an appreciation of different beaks has helped me this week; and provoked a good laugh too. Many of the people and organisations I’ve worked with have been surprisingly similar. People bought into large organisations; everyone also broadly buying the basics of modern day economics.  Most accepted, to one … Continue reading Beaks 

Laughter; the best medicine 

  I’m more a man for observational humour than for jokes; but perhaps the joke has been on me… British humour tends to the downbeat. Ironic, sarcastic and even cynical – there’s always the risk of us talking everything down. With my new optimistic élan, I’m doing my best to avoid all that.  But if … Continue reading Laughter; the best medicine 

Rumination

   An interesting discovery from ‘Learned optimism‘ is that rumination is the optimist’s worst enemy… Chewing the cud leads to pessimism and inaction. One thing I’ve learned at work down the years is: ‘if in doubt, do something’.  Armed with this new insight I’m even more sure taking and helping others take action – sometimes any … Continue reading Rumination

Peace in our time

After some months of high emotion, major change, turbulence and anxiety; this morning I woke up knackered – but at peace. My other half greeted me, observing I looked like ‘death warmed up’; sleepy, unshaven and generally out of it as I staggered into kitchen. True, but that wasn’t the point…. Some minutes later: accompanied by … Continue reading Peace in our time