Bob Dylan, The Complete Album Collection Vol. One. Happy 2019!
This all started with a trip to the Mondo Scripto exhibition at the Halcyon Gallery, back in November.
If your generosity is good and sincere it may pass unnoticed and it will not save you from being reproached for its opposite. If you want to sustain a reputation for generosity, therefore, you have to be ostentatiously lavish; and a prince acting in that fashion will soon squander all his resources…
Niccolo Machiavelli (1469 – 1527), The Prince, chapter 16
If you’re like me, planning and resolving for the new year is a slow-cooked, ruminative affair. However, if you are still in planning mode, here’s a couple of posts to kick-start that move from planning to doing.
When books have all seized up like the book in graveyards
And reading and even speaking have been replaced
By other, less difficult media, we wonder if you
Will find flowers and fruit the same colour and taste
They held for us for whom they were framed in words,
And will your grass be green, your sky be blue,
Or will your birds be always wingless birds?
Louis MacNeice (1907-1963), Poems Selected by Michael Longley
The gentleman desires to be halting in speech but quick in action.
Confucius (551-479 BC), The Analects, Book IV, para 24
But doing the reading matters. It’s the shortcut to being better at your craft. And it’s respectful to those you’re working with, the ones who cared enough to allocate the time.
I’ve worked in organisations where no-one ever did the reading – so much time wasted, so many poor decisions.
Strangely, no-one ever confessed “I didn’t do the writing”.
Read the rest from Seth, here.
The Master is cordial yet stern, awe-inspiring yet not fierce, and respectful yet at ease.
Confucius (551-479 BC), The Analects, Book VII, para 38
Tanmay Vora on learning slowly… and why social media is often not the right channel.
I guess it’s the same with the media we consume. In a bid to stay updated all the time (which is hardly what we call learning), we consume a lot of Tweets, Instagram posts, Facebook updates etc. These are quick bites that may fill your time with an illusion of learning, unless your goal is to just fill the time with something (and hide behind it).
But if you are set out to truly learn something and go deeper, then you need slow media that is cooked slowly with care, has the right ingredients and is nourishing.
When you’re a sovereign professional, or run a small business, it often feels like a crazy, reckless sin to turn down work.
Nicholas tells us why we should…
- Most great things (time, energy, attention) are finite. Another yes will destroy their power.
- And the few astonishing things (the night sky, true love, appreciation for Chopin) which are infinite, require a no to appreciate them fully.
- There is not a single reason why you should take on the consequences of their poor planning and ruin your evening.
- Babies are not small and cute for very long at all.
- To respect yourself.
- To have time to go to the gym.
- To-paradoxically-build your value because of the focus and quality of your work.
Read the full 22 here and mull over Christmas.