Tuesday 23 September 2014

Just For The Fun Of It; Rules for students, teachers and life, 9 principles to keep calm & a babushka doll of iphone reviews ( or should that be a smorgasboard?)

Last week, a friend on facebook made a point that only struck home when I was out and about to grab some lunch during my unofficial day off, which was a friday as I worked on saturday and took sunday off.. well, sort of. When you work for yourself, you never really stop working in a way, but that's for another time.

Anyway, he put up a couple youtube videos, which showed a man in his advancing years drumming along to a couple of well known songs, and he was neither in strict musical time, or adding much to the songs in question. Obviously, they were pretty funny to watch. But he very validly in my opinion, said that the guy was just having fun, didn't really care who was watching, and ultimately just enjoying himself.

And it got me thinking as to what was wrong with that? Absolutely nothing, is the obvious answer. Of course, he may have had other agendas on his mind..maybe he wanted to be famous cause of it, for example, but no, I have to go with the aforementioned reasoning, which is as simple and as clean as it can get.

In our day to day lives, it seems that we're always chasing something, doing something to get somewhere else, planning ahead, strategising, and just thinking a great deal; sometimes with no aim or end in particular. It's what my father calls  'the constant spinning mind'. Now I consider myself fortunate that due to over three years of daily yoga/meditation, I don't go into the realms of overthink, like I used to, which was just an occasional spiralling of thoughts and associated fragments of memories which lead into occasional worrying.

I've also as a side effect of the aforementioned yoga/meditation, just enjoy the stiller periods a lot more than I used to. Even little things like actually taking the time out to enjoy my meals, rather than wolfing them down whilst reading emails or paper based correspondence, or the worst culprit, which is trying to have a phone conversation - usually work related or similar - whilst trying to eat, which is not a good idea.  I've seldom enjoyed my food whilst being on the phone and eating, so I've stopped doing it, period.

Just 'being in the moment' as it were, is far more important to me now, than it was even two years ago. It doesn't mean I don't have an agenda for the week or month or even the year. But it does mean, that there's more flexibility in my approach to things and situations, than there used to be. And Im grateful for that, because it allows me to take a different and more daring approach to solving issues in a lot of areas in my life. It's almost as if the more relaxed inner state has allowed me to very gradually just subconsciously accept what is there, and not be too gung ho about what isn't happening in my life, as a norm. That leaves more room to do things just 'for the fun of it' now and then, too.

And speaking of fun :-

10 Rules for Students, Teachers, and Life by John Cage and Sister Corita Kent

The Stoic: 9 Principles to Help You Keep Calm in Chaos

There we go, two list type posts. It's good to break my own rules now and then.

What's that? You want me to describe what's in the content?

That's too many question marks for one day. Instead, I'll finish with this :-

The One-Paragraph iPhone 6 Review

Actually it's over a dozen reviews with links to 14 of them towards the end of a very short round up of Apple's latest incarnation of their smartphone. Which I've never owned to this day. That's possibly cause I have my own built in mental and emotional 'firewall', which tends to make it's own mind up early on and then finds it very hard to change over to something else. That has it's strengths and weaknesses, depending on the situation in hand.

Right, time for some kip. You don't know what 'having a kip' is?

having a kip

(My feet never hang over the sofa like that.)

And that's four links. You can't be too predictable in life.

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