The right discomfort

Growth can be pretty uncomfortable. You’re stretched and not sure you can do something, perhaps on unfamiliar ground, certainly a bit out of your depth. It’s scary to commit. Pushing on with what you don’t want to do might feel very similar. There’s discomfort and uncertainty. Your commitment is probably lacklustre. How to discern if you’re growing or merely troubling yourself? Ask if it lines … Continue reading The right discomfort

From that ember, we rebuild the fire

I’ve fallen in love with this song. I find it soothing and energising. Perhaps oddly, at the same time. My favourite part: “As if in each of usThere once was a fireAnd for some of usThere seem as if there are only ashes nowBut when we dig in the ashesWe find one emberAnd very gently we fan that ember… blow on it… it gets brighterAnd … Continue reading From that ember, we rebuild the fire

Hope you had time to recharge

In the mailbox of the day job, I get a ‘daily briefing’ email that’s an automated bunch of arguably useful suggestions. After a weekend the email starts with “hope you had time to recharge”. I was struck by the implicit acknowledgement – that work is a thing we must recharge from. That, for a lot of people, work isn’t energising. It takes a lot from … Continue reading Hope you had time to recharge

Those nourishing things I could wish hadn’t happened

When I was younger and heard the phrase “it’s character building”, I’d roll my eyes perhaps, perhaps give a half-hearted chuckle, and work through the difficulty. Usually quite ungraciously. Now, I see the truth in it. Those parts of my character that I’m most proud of, have been built on experiences I wouldn’t have chosen for myself or others. Those parts of my character are … Continue reading Those nourishing things I could wish hadn’t happened

Learn, practice, train, consistently apply

I finished my first read through of The Daily Stoic yesterday, and found a helpful reminder at the end. “…philosophers warn us not to be satisfied with mere learning, but to add practice and then training. For as time passes we forget what we learned and end up doing the opposite…” Every day for the last year, I’ve learned a little. The real challenge is … Continue reading Learn, practice, train, consistently apply

And if you pushed for excellence?

Reflecting briefly on 2021, and the feedback I’ve had at work, suggests I’ve done really well. I’ve done so well without really pushing myself. I’ve put in some good graft, for sure, though I’ve not given it nearly my all. I’m not beating myself up about this – it feels like I’ve subconsciously chosen a year of recovery and reconnection. Still, I’ve done really well. … Continue reading And if you pushed for excellence?

Focus mode – it’s really a prior engagement

I love Focus Mode on the text editor (SimpleNote, currently) that I write my blogs in. Would that there were a way to quiet the mind so easily. There is, at least for me – it merely requires some discipline. Not discipline at the time I need the focus, but ahead of that to regularly make time to meditate. Thereby, to train the mind. The … Continue reading Focus mode – it’s really a prior engagement

Never mind your job description

I enjoyed learning a little more about what data scientists do today. In summary it’s about creating insight that has a positive impact. Software development isn’t really about writing code, it’s about programatically solving a problem. Improving a product or creating opportunity. As a support analyst, the ticket logging and SLA juggling is merely a means to influence the situation positively when things have gone … Continue reading Never mind your job description