The first questions

Writing is an act of love. An act of putting our heart and mind on a page. But it’s also an act of observation. The act of observing the world around us, through the eyes of a writer – our job is to catch the details that others miss. The idea behind this blog is cultivate the discipline to write on a daily basis as well to share interesting thoughts and ideas and observations about the world that each of us share. Sometimes the writing will be better than others, but isn’t that just the way it goes? Sometimes we’re more ‘turned on’ than others. It’s almost as if we have a mental switch that we can flick sometimes, the only problem is that that switch is really hard to find. That’s why I’m going to write and write and write in the hope that I’ll sometimes hit that switch, and that every once in a while what I write will be valuable to you, and my thoughts will be useful to you in your everyday life. It’s also an effort to make sure that I hit my daily quota of 300 words – something I’ve stolen from Anne Lamott, whose incredible work ‘Bird by Bird’ is not only worth reading, I’d go so far as to call it one of the keenest observations of the human experience I’ve ever read.

So what can you expect from this blog? You can expect to hear thoughts heavily influenced by stoicism, Buddhism and modern psychology. I’ve always been incredibly fascinated with the human experience – what some might simply call living, but also living well. Meaning how do we go about our daily lives in a way that is beneficial not only to ourselves but to others around us? How do we become men and women of value and still stay true to ourselves? How do we handle a life that is so fast paced it can take anyone’s breath away? How do we stay content and happy in a world where we are constantly bombarded by content? This blog is an attempt to answer those questions. Welcome. I hope you enjoy your stay.

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