This week I’ve been helped by this quotation from the eighth book of Marcus Aurelius’ Meditations:
Never confuse yourself by visions of an entire lifetime at once. That is, do not let your thoughts range over the whole multitude and variety of the misfortunes that may befall you, but rather, as you encounter each one, ask yourself, ‘What is there unendurable, so insupportable, in this?’ You will find that you are ashamed to admit defeat. Again, remember that it is not the weight of the future or the past that is pressing upon you, but ever that of the present alone. Even this burden, too, can be lessened of you confine it strictly to its own limits, and are severe enough with your mind’s ability to bear such a trifle.
I’m probably being a little over-dramatic, as this week’s setbacks haven’t been so serious, when looking at the bigger picture. So we’re going to have to wait until 2022 to move house? Oh well.
Work-wise this week I’ve been:
- Project managing the Catalyst UC project
- Leading a workshop on digital badges for Waterford Institute of Technology
- Helping plan the Catalyst Definition project that Laura is leading for We Are Open Co-op
- Taking part in our monthly co-op half day, where we got to practise some practical Sociocratic decision-making
I published one blog post here: Investing in decentralised crypto file storage as well as two link-based posts over at Thought Shrapnel:
- Taste ripens at the expense of happiness
- It would not be better if things happened to men just as they wish
Next week, it’s half-term for our kids, so I’m taking Monday and Friday off. That, of course, means that Tuesday through Thursday is wall-to-wall meetings and workshops. I can’t wait to travel again.
Header gif created from short video I took this week near our house in Morpeth, Northumberland