I’ve been walking along the nearby canal for the last few months and loving it.
When I’m in good form; I chatter with the geese and ducks and swans (assuming there are no other people about); listen to the water and the birds and gaze around me, taking in the world.
However, sometimes I have days (weeks, months…DECADES!!!) where any longer than 10 seconds in my own head space is not a good thing. On those days, I’ve started listening to TED Talks.
TED (according to its website)
TED is a nonprofit devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or less). TED began in 1984 as a conference where Technology, Entertainment and Design converged, and today covers almost all topics — from science to business to global issues — in more than 100 languages. Meanwhile, independently run TEDx events help share ideas in communities around the world.
There are thousands of TED Talks available and I have just been randomly listening to any that catch my eye. Today, I walked my way through Alain de Botton – a noted philosopher and author – who was discussing
A Kinder Gentler Philosophy of Success
Not only enjoyable and funny, I hope that I will be able to take onboard some of the ideas suggested – particularly regarding the ways in which I define success and failure in my life. If himself is correct (heaven forfend!) I am on occasion possibly kinder to others than to myself, a perspective shift might well ‘right’ that!