Archives for the month of: September, 2016

So I’m always saying I’ll do things to improve either my health, my fitness, the way I look, my ethical feelings or my mental wellbeing in general. But I really struggle without an objective rule.

I want to cut back in how much I use my phone and I have been doing this by reading and listening to the radio more but there’s a lot more room to improve so I’m starting with 24hrs a week with no social media and I’ll build on that. 

For me that means- no Facebook(including  messenger) no Instagram, no WordPress, not even browsing other people’s Strava because that is something I would do (no Snapchat- but I don’t use that anyway). I’m hoping I’ll be able to make using IG or FB something out of the ordinary rather than a natural default which is how it feels right now. 

Whatsapp isn’t included because I use that to communicate with everyone except my dad. 

And this week, it starts now, at 1630 on 29.09.16. 

Thinking about the future, feeling fortunate, being grateful. 

Sometimes it’s good to hear outsiders’ views on aspects of your own life. 

 

As the years pass, I am coming more and more to understand that it is the common, everyday blessings of our common everyday lives for which we should be particularly grateful.

a home and an adventure all at once

Sorry, what?


I’ve been listening to the Diary of Samuel Pepys, specifically the few days after the fire began in September 1666. 

It’s interesting that laws had been passed around construction and home building, only to protect people, but it was all ignored and this would have undoubtably helped the fire to spread. 

I wonder how many people died or went missing without anybody knowing for sure what had happened to them. The displacement of a natural disaster or something like this in our current age and the recovery of people and reconnection is helped incredibly by social media, the Internet and technology in general. 

I’m also interested that the initial reaction of a lot of people is that it must be the French or the Dutch or somebody. That it must be a malicious plot rather than an unfortunately accident. 

As we live and as we are, Simplicity – with a capital “S” – is difficult to comprehend nowadays. We are no longer truly simple. We no longer live in simple terms or places. Life is a more complex struggle now. It is now valiant to be simple: a courageous thing to even want to be simple. It is a spiritual thing to comprehend what simplicity means.

Frank Lloyd Wright