What I’m reading: The Lady and the Monk: Four Seasons in Kyoto by Pico Iyer. I first read Iyer last year, introduced to his Beginner’s Guide to Japan. He shares his unique voice, travels, and experiences in a very enjoyable tone. I’ve wanted to visit Japan for many years, and in this pandemic, reading about it seems the next, though distant, best thing.
What I’m watching: the stock market. Like everyone, I think. It’s been a much more common conversation over the past twelve months – “what’s the market doing?” And as April is financial literacy month, it’s a good time to pay attention.
Gratitude, affirmations, and goal setting are excellent ways to start a day. But gratitude especially frames your perspective for any challenges the day may bring, ensuring you view them as the opportunities they are, rather than roadblocks.
Been so long, I forgot what I was calling it. But, some things to share:
What I’m reading: African Samurai, by Thomas Lockley and Geoffrey Girard. The story of a sixteenth century slave, stolen from along the Nile. He became a boy soldier, fighting wars in India; then a professional bodyguard, working for Portuguese Jesuits; and finally a samurai under a prominent Japanese warlord. Really an interesting story.
What I’m watching: Star Wars: Clone Wars the animated series. My roommate had a frank discussion with me about Star Wars, and decided I needed to see the show. I haven’t had much time for tv watching, so I think I’ve seen eighteen episodes over two months. But it’s something.
For good sleep, try this position. I’m always trying to tweak my sleep. For several years I’ve focused on sleeping on my back. But, in my current bed setup, it just has t been all that comfortable. So side sleeping has proved to be the best bet.
Something I’m pondering: Show me your original face before you were born. A famous zen koan that pushes the mind towards our authentic self.
The simplest thing to do when faced with a situation you don’t understand is to admit that you don’t understand it. But, it’s difficult too. Maybe you feign knowledge of the subject matter, demurring to a new topic as soon as possible. Maybe it’s worse than that. What seems difficult to do for many is to admit, “I don’t know.”
But it shouldn’t be that hard. We have narrow fields of expertise, and there’s nothing wrong with that. Nothing wrong with admitting this is beyond your expertise.