March 20th, 2020

speaker, consultant, coach

Quote of the day

“Have patience with everything that remains unsolved in your heart. Try to love the questions themselves, like locked rooms and like books written in a foreign language. Do not now look for the answers. They cannot now be given to you because you could not live them. It is a question of experiencing everything. At present you need to live the question. Perhaps you will gradually, without even noticing it, find yourself experiencing the answer, some distant day.”
Rainer Maria Rilke, Letters to a Young Poet
speaker, consultant, coach

Patience

“This is one more piece of advice I have for you: don't get impatient. Even if things are so tangled up you can't do anything, don't get desperate or blow a fuse and start yanking on one particular thread before it's ready to come undone. You have to realize it's going to be a long process and that you'll work on things slowly, one at a time.”
Haruki Murakami, Norwegian Wood

I'm back to my normal 5 am routine. Sadly, no coffee; I'm waiting on a friend's delivery which looks promising, particularly as I've managed to retrieve my Aeropress from the office.

As I type these few words, I can, right above me, hear Alfie moving about — my wife is getting ready for work (she's a cardiac nurse) — and it won't be long before he bursts into my room, hoping, I'm sure, to get some attention. Yep, right on cue; here he is. Oh, god, I love him. I've had a few dogs over the years but he's the most loving, most attentive of the lot. 

I've not read the news or scanned Twitter. As I've said a few times now, it's not helpful to me or my soul. It's not so much a case of sending me over the edge but rather it does take my focus off the present moment, which is much more real, even if, perhaps, I should be keeping abreast of the unfolding calamity.

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