It’s an important question any time you’re trying to improve something. In software, developers very often use the phrase “it works on my machine” and this can be maddening to a user experiencing a bug. Except for the lazy developer, what the phrase really means is “there’s something different between my environment and yours, that’s responsible for this anomalous behaviour”. Working out the difference is … Continue reading What’s the difference?
I read an article yesterday about the role some former landfill sites now play in helping maintain Britain’s biodiversity. It’s great to think that this is happening, but it doesn’t take any of us off the hook for considering the environment much more carefully. More slowly than I’d have liked, I’ve cottoned on to how important the order is of these three words: Reduce. Reuse. … Continue reading Reduce. Reuse. Recycle.
It’s obvious, but I know from talking with good friends yesterday that I’m not alone in often struggling to. There are obstacles. There’s a better time. The path from start to success isn’t clear. It’s tiring and you’re already tired. You’ve tried before. There might be a host of good reasons, but once you actually start you can work at overcoming them. They’re probably not … Continue reading You have to start
I’ve acknowledged that I can be very sensitive to feedback. I genuinely welcome suggestions for improvement, but feel strongly that how the message is delivered is important. Some people either don’t care how their message is received, don’t recognise the importance of that (which isn’t universal), or actively seek to an uncomfortable feeling alongside their message. Right now I have a particular messenger in mind, … Continue reading It’s expected so go through it
Yesterday I was reading about a writer who hung a plaster angel statue above his desk, carrying a message of “Remember Death”. About this, he writes: Something about this particular reminder got through to me, as if I had never linked the two words together before, had never probed the meaning of either one alone or truly considered the imperative mood, and I had to … Continue reading There may be no tomorrow
Which I do, because the stats tell me no-one is reading! :^) That’s okay, as this blog is for me. It’s to enunciate current thoughts, better absorb old thoughts, and generate new thoughts. So far it’s accomplishing all those aims. This blog is like a spotlight, for me. Every day there’s an area that I look a little longer at, or a little more closely … Continue reading Write, as if no-one is reading
Some days it’s hard to get started. The road you’re on seems very long and you feel discouraged – will you ever get there? If you can’t take another step on that journey right now, ask yourself what can you do in the meantime. Between now and when you get started again, what can you do? Maybe it’s just cleaning the house (which is surprisingly … Continue reading In the meantime
While I was working today, my beloved sent me a photo of my big dawg snoozing while leaning into their lap. A lovely a photo that warmed my heart, thinking about my dawg relaxing with me at times. These experiences build on connection and don’t need much money. My boss told me a little later how he enjoyed being able to listen to his kids … Continue reading Simple pleasures are a priceless luxury
I read a listicle today – the UK’s top five regrets. Can’t say I shared those five, although I’m yet to retire so perhaps they’ll come in time. What I found most interesting was how strongly some of the comments suggested the list was wrong. In those strong comments there wasn’t a recognition that these could be the top five; only indignation that they didn’t … Continue reading True in all cases
Someone I care deeply about is very unwell and suffering from serious mental health issues compounded by anorexia’s debilitating physical effects. I’d prefer to say they’re battling with rather than suffering from these issues, but I don’t believe they are. I desperately want to help make things better and have been working at it for a very long time, alongside others who also care deeply … Continue reading Helping those in need