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 Oliver Burkeman quoting Julio Vincent Gambuto in Four Thousand Weeks:

"… [but] I beg of you: take a deep breath, ignore the deafening noise, and think deeply about what you want to put back into your life. This is our chance to define a new version of normal, a rare and truly sacred (yes, sacred) opportunity to get rid of the bullshit and to only bring back what works for us, what makes our lives richer, what makes our kids happier, what makes us truly proud."

So much this. Exactly what I've been saying: simply returning to normal, the old normal, is to miss a trick.

Yes, we long for normality but the past two years have shown us other possibilities, proven that what we considered 1 "the only way" is, indeed, not.


  1. or, rather, were told was 

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"Nature and human life are as various as our several constitutions. Who shall say what prospect life offers to another? Could a greater miracle take place than for us to look through each other's eyes for an instant?" — Henry David Thoreau

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 "In a way goodness and truth seem to come out of the depths of the soul, and when we really know something we feel that we’ve always known it.

Yet also it’s terribly distant, farther than any star. We’re sort of stretched out. It’s like beyond the world, not in the clouds or in heaven, but a light that shows the world, this world, as it really is." — Iris Murdoch, Above the Gods

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"If you should ever turn your will to things outside your control in order to impress someone, be sure that you have wrecked your whole purpose in life." — Epictetus

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Annie Mueller:

Compensation is part of survival.

But sometimes we compensate for the lack of a skill instead of doing the work to gain the skill.

Colin Walker Colin Walker colin@colinwalker.blog