Nagging me…

It used to be there unseen, a stable element in my urban city landscape providing shade and wind at times. It used to be the tree. And then it became “The big tree in the corner”, a meeting place, a token of interest, a beacon of possibility. It is nagging me today, that big tree, that escaped idea… at days a virus I can’t get rid of, at others a cure I could get, and most days a well gone romantic token of what is not. What about an Instagram snapshot in my brain I could forget once taken? or rename once printed on my neurones?

Not friend yet?

Walking back from my run, I end up following a musician, at least I assumed so… He came out of Victoria Hall with a small bag and a much bigger one, which shape had not link with any instrument I could think of, so I asked. A bass clarinet was the answer, and the answer was cool enough for the conversation to keep going, from Bach to Schoenberg, from competition to the pleasure of playing until my door. Damn, barely know him and already he walked me home –which he had no choice to go to his car- the conversation going on a bit longer on the doorstep, still none of us asked for any opportunity to meet again. Of course, silly of me… we’re not yet friends on Facebook…

Please take a stand

Global studies show that, on average, we sit 7.7 hours a day… plus time in transportation, plus time eating, plus time in coffee shop, plus time on sofa… hum… the scale is up… and the same global studies show that time standing make a huge difference, even better when we go into light exercise, like 45 minutes walking a day boosts our brain. Is it time to update politeness rules? “Would you like to take a stand?” Be the next “hip” sentence?

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Two assumptions that keep my mind growing, my mindset expanding… People are not their behaviours, there are more to people than their behaviours, and integrating this is all we need to be able to learn from our experiences. And then, people choice are based on the resources they have available at the time of the choice, hence a choice is always the best option for the moment, and that specific choice is the one needed to learn from the experience. Gosh, whatever way we look at it, it’s all about learning then.

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Three easy moves to play with when everything sways in no direction, like stale water deprived of any escape… 1- go into a room with space to walk, for instance around a table, and ideally put one piece of paper and a pen on that table 2- pick up a good speed music, dynamic and if possible a bit happier (and yes do that, even if it’s not your state of mind) 3- close your eyes and a hand on the table, walk around it looking for seeing the space your eyes closed. From time to time stop and write whatever is in your head at that time on the paper. Enjoy the change of perspectives, and go with it. Moving with your legs brings back movement in your mind. Whatever you write on the paper, discard it.

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Four easy checks to do when everything sways in the wrong direction and the horizon is lost at the bottom of the wave… 1- have I a safe place to sleep? Check – yes 2- have I had something to eat and a full belly? Check – yes 3- Have I at least one person who likes me (and being able to contact them in the day, even better)? Check – yes 4- Have I at least one thing good in my day (and when needed remember to pull out checklist of happy things to look for with info such as –sun is shining –cats are in the apartment –had time to go for a run –etc)? Check – yes. All checks positive: whatever my state of mind, this day was better than felt. Great!