Life

If people were smart…

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We’d plan tax reform BEFORE income distribution undergoes the full onslaught of machine automation.

The UN would fund and deploy aerial nano-bots that fly around the World destroying unregistered guns.

Religious opinion leaders would MODERNISE religious doctrine to accommodate future technological change.

We’d REFORM things in society before the flat part of the (technology) exponential curve turns into the steep part of the exponential curve.

Government social services would MANAGE people’s expectations in a honest way upfront, not make excuses in a patronising way afterwards. Prevention is usually cheaper that cure.

We’d APPOINT lobby groups to represent the animal kingdom and not pretend that humans and corporates have all the votes and all the freedom to act.

We’d ENCOURAGE people to self-learn to cope with global changes in progress.

Work for yourself…

Work for yourself by working for others.

Work for yourself by working to help others.

Work for yourself by being more than the sum of your parts.

Since perhaps your purpose is an extension of everyone you know or can reach.

 

Work for yourself by looking at your own Balance Sheet from time to time.

Not just the one that’s expressed in dollars,

But the one expressed with assets like integrity, impact and connections made,

And liabilities such as tense relationships, regrets and pain experienced.

 

Work for yourself by walking the tightrope between spontaneity and structure,

Ambition and reflection, advice and personal action.

 

Work for yourself 24/7, or at least aspire to.

After all, if you get it right, life will probably work for you.

Breathe like you mean it

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Young life breathes quickly,

Quick movements wanting help from all around.

Middle life is breathless for romance, parenthood and recognition.

Old age breathes as a sigh.

A sigh of contentment. A sigh of weariness.

Until it breathes its last expectation.

Job done.

What’s a good belief? (a poem)

What’s a good belief?

Believing in yourself in a sharp, vigorous, multi-colour reality,

When others see hazy, lazy, grey?

Believing in yourself while in a calm zen place,

So you can then step out into the noisy street, to believe in others?

Believing what you cannot see, hear, touch, smell or taste?

 

Love is something to feel, but not touch.

Love cannot be directly seen, heard, smelled or tasted either.

But you can directly break or make love.

And they say more of it is good.

Except when you hurt someone,

By loving their friend more.

 

Do you love that you still believe in love?

Or believe in love, to make sense of everything else?

 

What about ‘being the best you can’?

Perhaps not just an empty, threadbare cliché.

Instead, the slogan of a popular culture,

because success itself is popular and valued.

 

Success has become an industry with a momentum of its own.

Loads of people spend a career measuring success,

Arranging events that celebrate it,

Broadcasting it and contrasting it,

Advising or coaching others how to grasp success.

 

Love and success. Running free as the children of belief.

Wait. When you believe in children first, love and success will come.

The World is definitely circular…

Fun-ky – Fun is the key

A culture has fun when it takes its memories, its teachings and its contrasts. And turns them into humour. Into freshness. And into positivity.

I was lucky enough to visit Wellington, New Zealand and see this for myself. For me it was more reminder than revelation. Enjoy.

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Lessons and Locations

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Smart people learn old lessons and adapt them to modern settings.

Is respect a container vessel? Things like joy, disappointment, frustration, relief, wisdom and error might fill and be linked to that container. But the container itself is separate, regardless of the size of those things.

Angry people seeking one kind of respect need to embrace other kinds of respect, as steps closer to the type of respect they crave.

Rightly or wrongly, it is human nature to respect achievement and sacrifice, not ‘being’ and ‘saying’.

If Los Angeles is about ‘fake it ’til you make it‘, is Las Vegas about ‘embrace the fake forever‘?

Experience or Judgement?

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Are our personal characters shaped by experience, or shaped by our own judgements? Both are powerful engines that push us to new chapters in our lives.

In our romantic relationships, our judgements are about who to date, what to say and how to behave. These judgements slowly become a set of experiences that in turn inform our future judgements. Even the experience of ‘absence makes the heart grow fonder.’ Through actual experiences, perhaps we learn not to judge quite so strongly at first glance. But still believe love at first sight is possible.

In our professional lives, people hire us for the quality of our judgements and rate us on the quality of our experiences. Skills of course, also play an important part in our professional development.

As parents, should we concentrate on teaching our children to make great judgements? Or to have a lifetime of great experiences instead?

As voters, what kind of politicians do we want governing our country? Honest ones definitely. Hard working ones too. Ones who can caution us, based on their past experience? Or ones who can make the perfect judgement call on our security forces, when the very defence of the nation is under threat?