To kick off the New Year with some reflection.
From an unknown original source, I think this list contains a lot of good sense and some food for thought:
I do struggle with the commercialisation, the social/emotional pressure to be with people with whom we might not choose to spend our time, to do things (in a way) that might not sit comfortably, for everything to be ‘perfect’, the false ‘bonhomie’, and so on….
So why do I enjoy watching Christmas films?
I think I’ve finally peeled away the layers and figured it out – and what I enjoy about them actually has little to do with Christmas as such… Continue reading “Why I Like Watching Christmas Movies”
This week I went to see ‘First Man’ – the film about Neil Armstrong, the first man to step onto the moon.
I really enjoyed it.
By all accounts Armstrong was most definitely an introvert – and this was certainly how Ryan Gosling portrayed him.
I’d like to think this was close to the truth of the man because I liked what I saw – someone who was thoughtful, humble and gentle and who didn’t waste words, speaking only when he had something to say. Continue reading “Inspirational Introverts”
Back in June I posted this on Instagram:
I really like what Hayley Williams said here.
Despite the substantial progress we’ve made in recent years, I think many of us still struggle with talking about mental illness – which is why we talk about ‘mental health’ instead?
And, like Williams, I think we do tend to polarise the issue – categorising ourselves and others as either completely healthy or sick – but surely there’s a whole lot of space in between these?
I saw Dr Phil Hammond (doctor and comedian) on TV recently. I love this concept of his – simple and memorable.
As he says:
“The daily habits of healthy, happy people are easy to say but harder to do. Try to do your daily CLANGERS, and help others to do theirs. Changes in lifestyle are far more powerful than any drug we have to offer.” Continue reading “CLANGERS for all…!!!”
So says Martin Lewis in his latest post on the subject of unnecessary Christmas presents (it’s only 3 minutes and worth a view):
“Zero sum giving”, “tit-for-tat giving” where, as he says, we end up with less money or in debt – and with ‘tat’ we don’t want or need….
This is just the right time to start having those conversations, before you go off to the shops or online to buy them.
If you need any more convincing, see also my previous blogs such as:
I’ve written previously about the negative effects of technology on our lives – but there is good in there, too.
This was highlighted by the ‘Tech4Good’ awards for which Anna Bawden was a judge and about which she wrote recently in theguardian.com.
Amongst these are apps helping people to: