Robert Greene on the importance of being grounded and knowing your selves:
If you’re constantly listening to what other people are saying, if you’re plugged into the matrix continually, and that’s your only reality, then … you’re never understanding who you are. What you see when you look in the mirror is a reflection of all the opinions that other people have … You become a reflection of other people.
A five-minute film for the weekend…
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The Times reports on moves to get the NHS prescribing forest bathing for stress.
We should all walk in quiet wonder through the woods, from time to time. I posted about the healing power of woodland before, here and here, and The Times’ article offers some background and guidance:
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Here’s a 1959, BBC interview with Swiss psychiatrist and psychoanalyst Carl Gustav Jung. The great man died just 18 months later.
He talks about his early years and the evolution of his thinking.
It’s a fascinating 40 minutes for your Weekend Watch.
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Finally arrived today.
I’ve just read the introduction and already I’m hooked.
The must-read shelf has been bullied into submission.
Research shows that the mere smell of coffee can improve some cognitive functions.
We knew it all along: coffee makes you smarter.
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Wonderfully prolific and successful author Neil Gaiman, interviewed by lifehacker and writer Tim Ferriss. This goes straight to the top of my Weekend Watch list.
I discovered Gaiman years ago when, on a whim, I bought a copy of Stardust to read on the Seattle-London flight home. I was hooked instantly by his ability to weave the wildest flights of fancy into a dark but human realism.
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Things I didn’t know about Herodotus and his Histories:
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- The title, Histories, is more correctly translated as “Enquiries”, which better describes its wandering, inquisitive, 2,500 year-old narrative.
- Herodotus was the first narrator to attempt to show both sides of the argument.
- Recent archaeological finds have proved correct some of his famously outlandish claims.
I’ve added to the reading list.
- Man’s Search for Meaning – Viktor Frankl
- Rain Making – Ford Harding
- Dombey and Son – Charles Dickens
A bit of philosophy, some practical guidance and a little downtime reading.
I had the Ladybird Book of the Soldier when I was little, but lately, the little hardback books have enjoyed a resurgence. First came satire (The Ladybird Book of the Mid-Life Crisis, anyone?) but now proper, grown-up topics.
The Ladybird Book of Plato’s Republic! Who knew?
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