Saturday, January 31, 2015

Un Moment

Yesterday I had the satisfaction of knowing a French phrase that the two Francophones at the table did not know: Un ciel maquereau

= mackeral sky

= altocumulus undulatus

Coming to terms with the Human Condition

The essence of a conversation in the car this morning with Enfant Terrible No. 1 which started from talking about a young woman (26) who has recently lost her father to whom she was very close.

To come to terms with our mortality - which could be called Wisdom - we need to do two things, from my experience:

(1) live in the present - as opposed to religion which usually tries to convince us that there is a future beyond death (meditation is one way to regularly drag yourself back to the present) - this is the best way to make use of the limited time you do have, appreciating and using every moment (which does not mean you need to be constantly active/productive)

(2) decide what you want to do with your time - will you use it for yourself or others? ultimately it is most satisfying to do the latter.

Thursday's Happiness Experiment entry

Some flakes of snow outside La Rugoletta with Marco & Clemence, N & D

Kick-off meeting for Just Cos with Kell & Dan

Drinking Madeira wine with Marco

Yesterday's Happiness Experiment entry

Wander around St Pancras & Islington cemetery with Marco & Clemence in late afternoon

Enjoying the paintings and interiors at Kenwood with M&C

Laughing at the dinner table with D & family (near Saracens)

Star Spot #516

w/e 30/1/15 Alex Brooker (Last Leg) - HFR

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Yesterday's Happiness Experiment entry

Picking up Bowie's Berlin trilogy near Checkpoint Charlie and listening to it

Saturday night at the flicks with D

Doing a walking tour of Berlin with D including the Holocaust memorial

Today's Happiness Experiment entry

Seeing bits of the Berlin Wall with D (especially a section inside a new building)

Going round a flea market (in Mauerpark)

D delighting in cafe society

Friday, January 16, 2015

Yesterday's Happiness Experiment entry

Late afternoon sun catching the top of the eucalyptus tree

Lunchtime run around St Pancras & Islington cemetery

Lavender bath