Sun, 16:23: I feel suspended in the ooze of loss, grief and the disbelief of what we've done to the world. I know, much like the weather, this felt sense will lift but it's making me question (again) the plethora of cultural 'norms' that have previously suffused my life.
Sat, 15:29: "the best part was pulling down the shades stuffing the doorbell with rags putting the phone in the refrigerator and going to bed for 3 or 4 days. and the next best part was nobody ever missed me." — Charles Bukowski
Fri, 17:11: It was wonderful to speak to you Pauline. I feel we're both on a journey of rediscovery and leaning into life without ignoring the obvious limits of being human. Enjoy the walk. Blessings Julian https://t.co/FcILjy6LWM
Fri, 17:35: I've written tomorrow's blog post -- at least in draft. In it, I share my nascent thoughts on what, aside from the law bit, I'd like to do to understand how we might cross the Rubicon from the life we lead to the one we feel deepest in our soul. Very much work in progress.
Fri, 17:38: All is well when daughter #3 is singing. The whole house lightens up.
Fri, 19:00: Why the hell did I end up being a lawyer? Perhaps my egregious experience of apartheid in the mid-70s shaped me for all eternity. One day, if you ask me, I'll share my exp. of a regime that was intent on killing off a whole race or races based on nothing more than their colour.
Fri, 19:16: Am I the only one who feels the presence of those people that have died but were an important, salient part of our (brief) lives?
Fri, 19:23: Hey, guess what I'm listening to @StefanPowell? Jeff Buckley. I've you to thank for his f* brilliance.
Sat, 05:38: "An attitude to life which seeks fulfilment in the single-minded pursuit of wealth - in short, materialism - does not fit into this world, because it contains within itself no limiting principle, while the environment in which it is placed is strictly limited." —E.F. Schumacher https://t.co/A3XNn5DnS2
Fri, 05:24: "If the doors of perception were cleansed every thing would appear to man as it is, Infinite. For man has closed himself up, till he sees all things thro' narrow chinks of his cavern." — William Blake, The Marriage of Heaven and Hell https://t.co/BhFfvcDrgt
Tue, 17:15: I'm quite removed now from legal practice but still feel I've something to add to the conversation about what it means to marry soul with role. Trouble is, I think the law firm model is largely moribund and I question whether there is any appetite for meaningful change.
Wed, 05:35: "Be empty of worrying. Think of who created thought! Why do you stay in prison When the door is so wide open?" — Rumi
Mon, 18:01: Why do we only talk about missing people, in a brokenhearted way, when they're no longer here? Why can't we exhibit and show that emotion when they're still here?
Tue, 05:32: "Meditation is for many a foreign concept, somehow distant and foreboding, seemingly impossible to participate in. But another word for meditation is simply awareness. Meditation is awareness." — Stephen Levine, A Gradual Awakening https://t.co/liHTAcDwQX
Tue, 06:04: Life is habit forming (AIN'T IT SO), and it's nice to find myself back to my early-morning routine that previously was so productive and creative.
Tue, 08:57: Non disclosure agreements (NDAs). Does anyone ever read the damn things? Too many I see look like they've come out a vending machine where someone keeps pressing 'F5'.
Tue, 09:06: I keep hearing the regnant label 'food standards' bandied about. No doubt, if not upheld, inferior and health-limiting in so many ways. But how about paying as much attention to the animals (pigs, chickens, cows) who have such sh*t lives all in the name of what? Consumption!
Tue, 09:11: I've never understood the concept let alone the cultural narrative of 'earning a living'. We don't earn life anymore than we avoid or cheat death. Life is a gift, and I'd be first to admit (to fall on my sword) that I've eviscerated too much of my life obsessed with work.
Sun, 12:44: I fell in love with @maxjohnporter book, "Grief Is The Thing With Feathers" from the very first page. A book, I know, that I'll continue to return to over and over. The writing is just brilliant https://t.co/ZxerMzGLis.
Sun, 14:48: Two days off this coming week. A little road trip planned to North Devon. Not sure where I'll end up but I need (responsibly, of course) to see the other side of the county. Flask and sandwiches will be a must. Shame I can't take Alfie but he'll be glad of the space 🤣.
Sun, 17:10: Helping daughter #1 with a bit of property law for her Masters in Architecture. I knew this law thingamabob would come in useful 😉.
Mon, 04:54: "I am circling around God, around the ancient tower, and I have been circling for a thousand years, and I still don't know if I am a falcon, or a storm, or a great song." — Rainer Maria Rilke https://t.co/UYH2DuvSUY
Sun, 06:24: "A glimpse at the face of your death can bring immense freedom to your life. It can make you aware of the urgency of the time you have here. The waste of time is one of the greatest areas of loss in life." — John O'Donohoe, Anam Cara
Sun, 11:39: Teaching daughter #3 to drive 🏎️. Small steps, but you forget how much there is to learn and remember.
Fri, 17:50: Grief shows up in so many areas of our life including (of course) the loss of a loved one, but also the loss of community, our connection to the earth and never quite finding something purposeful to do with our one, & oh-so-precious life. And it's not something to overcome but...
Sat, 06:02: "Bringing grief and death out of the shadow is our spiritual responsibility, our sacred duty. By so doing, we may be able to feel our desire for life once again and remember who we are, where we belong, and what is sacred." — Francis Weller https://t.co/AQtqDfJGrW