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Simply Enough

How much – or, how little – do we need? How much do we want?

How much (of anything) is ‘enough’?

Last year I wrote about the UK Channel 4 programme ‘Life Stripped Bare’Simplifying and de-cluttering are topics that crop up fairly regularly these days and we might think they’re a recent phenomenon fuelled by trends inspired by TV programmes and self-help books.

But not so – I found this in ‘On the Shortness of Life’ by Seneca, the Roman philosopher and statesman (c.5BC-AD65) translated by C.D.N. Costa: Continue reading “Simply Enough”

‘Spat on and ignored’

forsaken-1273885_1280I was really moved by an article in the Guardian this month about medical student James Beavis who spent Christmas 2016 on the streets of London to raise money for Crisis (the UK national charity for single homeless people) and in order to better understand homelessness.

He reminds us that “… homelessness can affect anybody. The number-one cause is relationship breakdown … And the number of rough sleepers is rising …” Continue reading “‘Spat on and ignored’”

Something they want … or an IOU?

gifts-152432_640Struggling to make decisions about what to buy friends and family for Christmas this year?

With less than three weeks to go, the pressure may be mounting – and funds running short.

On BBC Breakfast this morning there was a discussion about The Four Gift Rule’ and I found a BBC article online about it, too. Continue reading “Something they want … or an IOU?”

Christmas Presents an Issue?

christmas-308053_640Even if you don’t celebrate or mark Christmas I think it’s hard not to be aware of it or affected by it.

Here in the UK I’ve seen Christmas cards in the shops as early as August and, as I write this, it’s early November and momentum is gathering…

The giving and receiving of gifts is a key aspect for many of us and huge amounts of time, money and thought go into them. Continue reading “Christmas Presents an Issue?”

Artistic Comments on ‘Enough’

Modern artists such as Michael Landy, the man who destroyed all his belongings as a piece of performance art in 2001 and Neil Boorman and Jasper Joffee who respectively burnt and sold their ‘stuff’ have, in recent years, highlighted the materialism and consumerism abundant in our society today. Dramatic and thought-provoking.

Now we have one of this year’s Turner Prize exhibits at Tate Britain in London featuring a huge pile of pennies – 2043599 to be exact – by Michael Dean  Continue reading “Artistic Comments on ‘Enough’”

War on Waste

Organic Rice Field With Dew Drops

I loved these two programmes on the BBC – presented by Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall but it was shocking to see the amount of fresh, nutritious food that is thrown away in the UK because it’s not ‘pretty’ enough for our supermarket shelves – and the businesses who produce it who are struggling or, worse, shutting down. Continue reading “War on Waste”

Acting on ‘Autopilot’

When we act ‘automatically’ towards others this can have a really detrimental effect on them, on our relationship with them, and on ourselves. Continue reading “Acting on ‘Autopilot’”

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