December 13th, 2020


A more beautiful world.

What does it look like?

Not this, please.

Not this, please (yes I repeat).

If nothing else (and, it's no small change), we need a new story.

Yes, yes: I know you've heard it said so many times but how many of us are willing to exhort for something other than the current cultural narrative?

And I don't mean to suggest that we always look backwards for the answer, but perhaps something more resonant of true equality, where everyone has a voice and we respect everything, everybody and don't continue to rob from future generations.

But I'm living in Lala land, right!

Nothing and no one is going to upend things. Yes, there might be a few more revolutions and anarchists willing to challenge the system but the truth is — my truth — it's only when the earth reclaims her soul and majesty will things really change. Whether we'll still be here remains open to question. If I was a betting man, I'd wager that Covid19 is just the start of our eventual demise. 

As the saying goes: nothing lasts forever.

But that won't stop me saying my piece, even if I'm merely shouting into a misanthropic void.

Take care.

Blessings, Ju.

Photo by andreas kretschmer on Unsplash

A quiet space

This is the backdrop to my house.

I'm very lucky...and I don't just mean in the sense of the vista but also the quietude that envelopes me on the days when the traffic (which is about 2 miles away as the crow flies) isn't on high alert.

Being present to this lifts my spirits, connects me with the earth and makes me fully alive.

Sometimes, though, I have to remind myself in a purposeful, almost contrived way to stop, to look and to feel each breath come into and leave my body. If I don't, and especially with Alfie pulling me on, there's a temptation to yomp my way round my morning and early afternoon walks.

That said, I need to wait longer: to contemplate the unfolding universe which is all around me and of which I'm part. Highfalutin I know but that's how it feels. A deep, deep connection with everything of which I'm part.

And you?

Do you have a way to bring yourself into the present moment and leave behind the vicissitudes of these Covid19 times?

I'd love to know.

Anyhow, have a wonderful day.

Much love, Ju.

My tweets

  • Sat, 17:07: I'm looking forward to a vegan Christmas. Only Mrs S who will be eating Turkey -- and that's fine. For the rest of us, Dad's in charge + or - a bit of Chivas Regal. It always gets a bit messy around 3pm. Love my crew -- such amazing women and I know I'm very, very lucky.
  • Sat, 17:29: I've been musing on what it might mean for lawyers to connect soul with role. (Been here before.) I know from 20+ yrs experience that it would bring about real and meaningful change. Trouble is, too few are willing to cross the Rubicon to true self. Fear is the killer.
  • Sat, 17:46: Love this.
  • Sat, 18:26: I never used to cry but these days it pours out -- and I'm not ashamed of myself one f* little bit (sorry for the language). To me grief mirrors love. Always will.
  • Sat, 18:43: A few people come into our lives and the rest, well..., you know you'll never be the same again. My late uncle Adrian was like that.
  • Sun, 06:00: “I feel no need for any other faith than my faith in the kindness of human beings. I am so absorbed in the wonder of earth and the life upon it that I cannot think of heaven and angels.” ― Pearl S. Buck
  • Sun, 06:00: Storylessness
  • Sun, 07:33: Quietmusic
  • Sun, 08:13: A quiet space / today's little blog offering.
  • Sun, 11:46: How many lawyers have thought about changing their practice -- or at least part of it -- to focus on earth law or ecocide? Now that would be revelatory (to me at least). This article says it all or goes a long way to setting the scene
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