Hope in bad times

Photo by Pablo Heimplatz on Unsplash

I loved this quotation from American historian Howard Zinn that I read in James Clear‘s latest email newsletter, “3-2-1”.

To be hopeful in bad times is not just foolishly romantic. It is based on the fact that human history is a history not only of cruelty, but also of compassion, sacrifice, courage, kindness.

What we choose to emphasize in this complex history will determine our lives. If we see only the worst, it destroys our capacity to do something. If we remember those times and places—and there are so many—where people have behaved magnificently, this gives us the energy to act, and at least the possibility of sending this spinning top of a world in a different direction.

And if we do act, in however small a way, we don’t have to wait for some grand utopian future. The future is an infinite succession of presents, and to live now as we think human beings should live, in defiance of all that is bad around us, is itself a marvelous victory.

Howard Zinn—You Can’t be Neutral on a Moving Train: A Personal History (2018)

Jumbo gave me a Metallica backstage pass for the back of my passport…

Cloth backstage pass on the rear of my UK passport. Damaged Justice tour with initials of Kirk Hammett
I got quizzed about this at every customs office on the NYCGB 1992 World Tour

Like most people, I’ve got a signed Metallica backstage pass on the back of my old passport. Here’s the story of mine…

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Agile Team Facilitation

Look what I won!

I returned to work today after a wonderful two weeks off with my three amazingly fun and funny children.

Among the 180+ emails in my inbox (I got off likely, one of my colleagues returned to over 600 emails) was a link to download this colourful certificate for a two-day course I completed in late June.

Look! I’m now an ICAgile Certified Professional in Agile Team Facilitation (or ICP-ATF).

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Adobe Dreamweaver CS4

Lime green box with Adobe Dreamweaver CS4 written at the top. In the centre are five squares, each a different shade of green. The letters 'Dw' are in the second from top square.
I always loved the packaging of Adobe CS4 as much as the software

I live in a small, two-bedroom terraced house in the East Neuk of Fife. It is enough for my requirements just now, but I have too many things.

Inspired somewhat by The Minimalists, I’m in the process of clearing out stuff. Objects, belongings, things… clutter that I have carried with me for (in some cases many) years but for which I no longer have a need. As Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus say:

Love people, use things: because the opposite never works

Tthe Minimalists
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