18 Feb - 24 Feb 2019
It was half-term week for our kids so we spent a few days staying at Beddgelert, in Wales, to do plenty of walking, including up to the top of Snowdon. The weather for February was surprisingly good, and the views from the summit were stunning.
Best thing I’ve read
I deliberately kept off technology for most of the week so I didn’t read any of the (now) huge backlog of articles in Instapaper. While we were in Wales, we did watch one programme; Back to the 90s which was about the education policies of the 90s in UK schools. That was when I was in high school so I found it very interesting to learn about the policies that were brought in and how it affected my own education.
Books I’m reading
I finished reading A million miles in a thousand years, it was surprisingly enjoyable. I’ve started reading Lost at Sea: The Jon Ronson Mysteries; a collection of essays about our modern world. They are entertaining and interesting reads, although I’m conscious of his particular point of view that comes across in them.
What did I learn this week?
It is worth trying to keep the same routines on holidays so that you don’t experience too much of The Drift when you return to reality.
A week in Stoicism
How do you know you are making progress? How do you know if any of this is working? Seneca, quoting Hecato, used the following metric:
What progress, you ask, have I made? I have begun to be a friend to myself. Hecato