25 Jun - 1 Jul 2018
Well, we’re halfway through the year already! I can’t believe it. I wrapped up this quarter, fulfilling one of my goals to publish an article twice a month for the last six months. I published Procrastinate more effectively with OmniFocus 3 on Friday. I’m also really pleased that I’ve maintained a consistently weekly output of these weeknotes on top of this. I plan to continue publishing on the same consistent basis from here on out.
As I mentioned in last weeks edition we were on camp with fabulous weather. This weeks temperature has been soaring too but I think I may have picked up a virus because I’ve been somewhat ill most of the week with headaches, sore throats and a snotty cold. I’ve done my best to keep as much normality as I can muster, even managing to resume kettlebell workouts on Saturday. Did a PB, racking a 48kg bell, or as it’s more commonly known, the beast.
On Friday, I met Marc in Birmingham to review Q2 and prepare goals and plans for Q3. We spent a few hours at the Library of Birmingham, my first time there, and we popped out for some lunch at the Indian Food Streatery, which was extremely tasty.
Sunday was spent in party-mode - we had an early birthday party for my daughter so that she could have a bigger party and invite her class from school because her birthday is during the summer holidays. There were a significant number of kids parents who didn’t even respond though, and perhaps worse, 4 or 5 of those who did say they were coming texted on the morning of the party to say they now couldn’t make it. Still, she had a great time with those that did come.
A week in Stoicism
I missed a few days entries through struggling to get up or falling into bed exhausted but this weeks reflections were centred around hupexhairesis, meaning acting with a kind of reserve-clause or reverse-claus, so we can reconsider and set a new course of action.
In essence, the obstacle is the way. Adapt to the conditions presented to you to find a way forwards.
”While it’s true that someone can impede our actions, they can’t impede our intentions and our attitudes, which have the power of being conditional and adaptable. For the mind adapts and converts any obstacle to its action into a means of achieving it. That which is an impediment to action is turned to advance action. The obstacle on the path becomes the way.” Marcus Aurelius