11 Mar - 17 Mar 2019
Of note this week, I invited a speaker from ShelterBox to come and speak to our Beaver group about their work getting essential supplies to victims of disasters around the world as part of their International badge. It was very interesting and a cause worth supporting.
Best thing I’ve read or watched
I didn’t read much of note this week again. As a result I’ve decided I’ll expand the title of this section, because I did come across an interesting video which blew my mind.
It’s a video from Kurzgesagt explaining how, using our current understanding of physics and the universe means that the human race is limited to only being able to explore about 0.00000000001% of the observable universe. (Spoiler alert: That’s still quite a lot of universe). It’s well worth 8 minutes of your time.
I also watched Captain Marvel. I’m a big Marvel fan anyway, but I really did enjoy this film. It was everything I expected, and more. A fun, entertaining film with deeper themes explored and addressed well.
Books I’m reading
I have started reading Mastery, by George Leonard, which is a relatively short book. I’m about a third of the way into it now and I’m finding it a quick, enjoyable read but with plenty of things to take away from it.
I’m making slow progress on 7 Habits for Highly Effective Families, not because it’s dull—quite the opposite—I’m trying to make sure that I’m in the right place and mindset to fully absorb and think deeply about the material, so often I’m choosing one of the other books as an easier read when I snatch moments.
I’m enjoying The Midnight Line too; though it hasn’t helped me get to sleep as early as I would have liked this week. Somehow, Lee Child always has me turning the next page. And the next.
What did I learn this week?
An exercise drill known as the Spetsnaz Roll. It’s a full body workout, and made my muscles ache in areas I didn’t even know about!
I found an instagram video demonstrating it, if you fancy trying it.
A week in Stoicism
The more things change, the more they stay the same. This French epigram reminds us to remember the timelessness of human nature — our lives are essentially unchanged. They are the same as they were, and will be for generations to come. Most change is simply window dressing.