11 Jun - 17 Jun 2018
One of the perks of having your own business is taking off when you want to. Tuesday ended up being one of those. A longtime colleague and friend who’s now mostly retired had an afternoon gathering to celebrate 25 years of a heart transplant! I’d expected to skive off for a couple of hours, but it was such a lovely event that we got the kids from school and went back and spent the rest of the afternoon and early evening there too!
There’s not all that much else worth reporting this week. Aside from working most of the rest of my time has either been spent working on my OmniFocus 3 article or my Scout training modules.
As a result I tried to relax this weekend. We had a relaxing Saturday morning at Costa while the kids went to a kids club to do a bit of writing and talking before later spending a couple of hours at the local garden centre/restaurant/play area to meet up with some friends.
On Sunday, we looked after our niece and nephew for a few hours before having a meal together with our parents for Father’s day.
I’ve made a start on reading Building a StoryBrand. It’s a nice, easy read that makes a lot of sense. I’m hopeful that it’ll really help me simplify my message for work. I’ve also started Violets are blue, one of the Alex Cross books by James Patterson, as my evening read.
A week in Stoicism
”Every event has two handles—one by which it can be carried, and one by which it can’t. If your brother does you wrong, don’t grab it by his wronging, because this is the handle incapable of lifting it. Instead, use the other —that he is your brother, that you were raised together, and then you will have hold of the handle that carries “ Epictetus
I have particularly enjoyed this weeks stoic journal entries, based around this exercise from Epictetus. It’s a powerful tool for helping you to make decisions during difficult events. It’s a great visual metaphor for the idea that there’s always two ways you can look at things. There’s a way that’ll make things easier, and one that makes things harder.