Some people have a way with words. My long time friend Rob Conkie is currently directing a performance of Shakespear’s Henry IV (part 1) as part of Latrobe Uni’s Moat Festival, so last night Maria and I went along to take it in. Listening to the English master is humbling. Even though English might be my first language, I feel a bit like a toddler holding a cricket bat compared with a Sachin Tendulka. (BTW, the performances and direction are A class; well worth the effort.) It reminded me of some of the thoughts related to last weeks post on finding our sweet spot.

A related conversation, is about finding people who are at the top of their game and bask in their competence. Whether that be concreting (last week’s post) or language. It’s one of the reasons I enjoy authors who write like poets. Mark Nepo is one. This morning I read this little phrase from him;

“When overcome with urgency we tend to strike at life blindly.”

Indeed. A discipline that goes a long way to prevent serial urgency is quarantining regular time for reflection. The stage of life in which we find ourselves, and related routines, will impact how we are able to build it in, but where there is a will there is a way to steal an old cliché. I remember when our kids were young it meant getting up early before there was any noise in the house. These days with more flexibility it tends to be more civilised, often in quiet cafes or leisurely walks. (although Maria says I don’t walk I dawdle.)

Anyway, Mark’s little proverb reminded me again of the paradox. Some weeks are so busy its impossible to get through them well without taking time for reflection. I hope you manage to find a way to avoid ‘striking at life blindly’ this week.

2 thoughts on “words

  1. Col – Wonderfully written! Urgency of action is like a dog pushed into a corner. The only way to escape is to bite his way out. Does is help in the long run? Trust is killed and the person /or other dog or animal will not be build up a friendly relationship. Battling will then rule the future.

    Reflection is the cure for the long run. De-accelerate for a moment, and whether it is just for 2 min, http://donothingfor2minutes.com (got it via a soprano singer here in Dresden, @valdissima, she is from Australia, actually the outbacks behind Sydney ;-)). That’s how DownUnder is capturing my life again.

    Cheers, Ralf

    PS.: … and change in these times where everything seems like going smoothly (Germans tend to see their small cozy microcosmos as state of the global world often) is quite a challenge 😉

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