04 December 2016

Interrelationships and Open Minds

Problems can only be solved when interconnections and interrelationships are identified and acknowledged.  This requires open minds. How open is yours?

If you believe leading quietly involves enlivening minds, why is that?

Do you think leadership is mainly about interrelationships and open minds?

26 September 2016

In Search of a Peaceful Garden

If your enjoyment of a garden, and of gardening, is often disturbed by noise in the surrounding neighbourhood, and perhaps in the sky above it, can anything be done to ensure you can experience a more peaceful garden?

There is often a conflict between people who seek peace and people who are insensitive to noise and dismissive of its detrimental effects.  What can be done about that?

What are the features of a peaceful garden and how should that peace be protected, and why?

What has been most important to you via gardening?

12 March 2016

Quiet Escapes


When the choice in life is between fighting, freezing or fleeing, which do you usually choose?

I always choose to flee.

Yet fleeing is often perceived as cowardice when in fact it is courage.

Freezing is cowardice.

Fighting is aggressive.

Fleeing is brave.

The key is to know what to flee.

I constantly flee from my own fears by facing up to them.

I flee cowardice and I flee aggression.

To flee is to be free.


When you reflect on your name and identity, is there something you want to escape?

When you reflect on your ancestry, is there something you want to escape?

When you reflect on your travels, adventures and quests, is there something you want to escape?

When you reflect on why you are currently reading about quieter living, are you wondering how to escape from something?


Quiet escapes can often go unnoticed for a long time.

To escape quietly to a broadcast-free life can mean fleeing schedules other people have set.

To escape quietly to a clearer sense of identity can mean fleeing other people's prejudices and unfair expectations.

To escape quietly to the truth about the past can mean fleeing myths and misunderstandings.

To escape quietly on continual journeys can mean fleeing boredom, oppression and meaninglessness.


It is a mistake to attempt to flee without understanding why.

What do you want to flee and why is it worth escaping it?

Do your travels usually take you in circles?

Does your search for identity make you feel lost and in search of a home?

Do you feel you cannot escape your history and heritage, no matter how hard you try?
 

Do you escape into other people's writings rather than into your own words, thoughts and experiences?

Do you escape through music, through other arts and/or through other forms of entertainment?

Do you escape through your hobbies?

Do you escape through your ambitions and hopes for the future?

Do you escape through your beliefs?

Do you escape by absorbing your sense of self into the lives of other people?


Do you escape via a desire for peace?

If so, how do you attempt to find peace?


Do you escape via a desire for health?

If so, how do you attempt to find health?


Do you escape via a desire for a better society?

If so, how do you attempt to find a better society?


Do you escape via a desire to express your true values?

If so, how do you attempt to express your true values?


Do you escape via your hopes for the future?

If so, how are you attempting to express your hopes?


Do you escape via work?

If so, what are you attempting to escape through your work?


Do you escape via some sort of retreat?

If so, to retreat is to escape something, in any sort of circumstance.


Do you escape from ignorance via knowledge?

Do you escape from pretensions via authenticity?


Do you escape from boredom via creativity?

Do you escape from injustice via ethics?


Do you escape loneliness via love?

Do you escape society via privacy?


Wherever you may currently be in the world, do you wish to escape to another type of life via Australia, via Italy or via England?

Do you escape confusions about the present via history?

Do you escape concerns about mortality via existence?

Do you escape feelings of unimportance via assistance?