‘People have always been good at imagining the end of the world, which is much easier to picture than the strange sidelong paths of change in a world without end.’
— Rebecca Solnit, Hope in the Dark
I spent my twenties scared of climate disaster and busy organising. In my early thirties, I burnt out from living with zero balance and too much activism. I’d made it my mission to stop climate change. When I realised that heaping it all on me wasn’t just impossible but also delusional, I felt like I’d failed at the only thing that gave my…
“Walking makes the world much bigger and thus more interesting. You have the time to observe the details.” Edward Abbey
Saturday, 13 February
What a glorious morning. Cold, bright, hopeful. I started this practice because I needed to get back to a bigger sense of purpose and clarity, one that began with a fundamental intimacy with the earth. On this morning, I have seen the sun come up, a coyote, several blue jays, an eagle, and the start to my 54th year. I have come to realise that making a commitment and following through with it is what love looks…
When we build a team of any size or shape, it’s about we, not me. It’s about creating a culture of trust. You need to trust the people you’re working with, and they need to trust you. Why? Well, one reason is that to build a great company, you’re going to need to start delegating. And in order to do that, you need to trust that the person you are delegating to will get the job done. In turn, you need to be trustworthy; and that trust needs to be earned.
It’s fascinating how many parents think they can tell…
Before it is too late, we should embark in earnest on the most fundamental existential (and also truly revolutionary) task facing modern civilisation, that of making any future growth compatible with the long-term preservation of the only biosphere we have.
— Vaclav Smil
‘What does the world need?’ is one of the most pressing questions of our time. Why? Because this question encompasses a number of other questions: Why are we here? For what reason do we exist? What values create the foundation to what matters most? What kind of world are we trying to make? …
Spiced orange rum is a drink for dusk — served over ice or as a hot toddy. If you prefer your drinks on the sweeter side, you can adjust the sugar quantities to suit taste.
It’s working noting that this drink needs to infuse for 3 weeks. Better to make it now to see you through the winter months!
Makes approx. 1 litre
225ml (1 cup) freshly squeezed orange juice (juice of roughly 4 oranges)
150g demerara sugar
750ml golden rum
4 strips of orange zest
1 vanilla pod, split lengthways
1 small cinnamon stick
My wife is a nurse in the neonatal intensive care unit, and her job is real. She saves lives, sees newborns die, and experiences intense highs and lows with a range of patients under various circumstances. She tells me these stories all the time, and they’re heartbreaking, but she’s dedicated to her work — and she’s good at it.
I say this because witnessing her commitment to public service day in and day out has given me a new perspective on my work as a photographer. …
“Through the act of making, we reawaken our hands and minds to reconnect with the beauty of the natural world around us.
Making allows us to slow down, offers an opportunity to grow in confidence, and can lead to a deeper sense of purpose.”
— James Otter
When was the last time you created something you were willing to put your name to? How far back do you have to go? Yesterday, last week, last year… maybe even back to school? If you cast your mind back to your childhood, do you have memories of making and creating? …
Humans have always sung. In fact, there is evidence that singing developed before spoken language. There is no known human culture that does not sing. Some anthropologists believe that because singing in a group is a sociable, inclusive and co-operative activity, it provided an evolutionary advantage for early humans.
Even whilst we’re in lockdown, one activity we can all do is sing. We can do this at home, on our own or with our household. Alternatively there are online groups, which have formed in place of physical meet-ups. …
The idea of living a life of thrift is certainly not a new one. Seneca the Younger was a Roman philosopher living two thousand years ago. He actually lived a fairly colourful life, but one thing he was famous for was being a Stoic, and promoting their values.
The Stoics believed in the principles of virtue, tolerance and self-control. Both Nelson Mandela (imprisoned for 27 years) and Viktor Frankl (who survived concentration camps and subsequently wrote Man’s Search for Meaning) were heavily influenced by the principles of Stoicism. …
Part of being agile is the ability to bounce back when events knock you for six. In sport, in work, in society, in relationships — you name it, life has setbacks, usually just when you don’t want them. To quote Claudius in Hamlet, ‘When sorrows come, they come not single spies, but in battalions.’ We need strong defences to cope, and move on. And, right now, mental resilience is one defence we all need.
The APA (American Psychological Association) defines mental resilience as the process of adapting well in the face of adversity, trauma, tragedy, threats and sources of stress…