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Where you are and where you want to be

I believe that, unlike happiness, contentment is rather easy to measure, one just seems to ‘know’ if one is content or not. And unlike happiness, inner contentment remains, more or less constant. Content with one’s life, with one’s position, with one’s partner, content in general. This week, I was wondering what it is that defines contentment.  After a little research, I came to the conclusion that contentment is the simple comparison of where you are with where you want to be.  The tricky point emerges, however, with whose vision of success are we aspiring to? I believe that just like [...]

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How many hours do you work a week?

Once upon a time this was a simple question to answer, you started at a given hour and finished at a given hour, deducted an hour for lunch and twenty minutes for tea breaks and multiplied by five. The only ambiguity for some office workers was if to include their commute time or not. For most people, today, the answer can be extremely difficult to calculate. (Now let’s immediately agree that, for most office employees, working today has got to be a lot more inspiring than it was in the 1950’s, or even up to the point where the short [...]

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Don’t be afraid of the rain

There probably was a time, a long, long time ago (perhaps even before you went to school) that when it rained your parents would probably try to rush you into the dry while you would want to stay outside and thoroughly enjoy it? Splashing in puddles, laughing at the reflections in the water, staring up into the clouds, watching the raindrops fall and feeling them splash upon your face, even trying to catch one or two on the tip of your tongue? Life was so much simpler then. Or was it?  When you wanted something you wanted it right there [...]

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Solve for X

When I was younger (yes, so much younger than today) I always loved mathematics. Those little rules were great tools to solve all possible problems, or at least, all the problems you got in class. Moving on to the university, I got to know Mr. Heisenberg and his theoretical physicist colleagues. It turned out that while I had been doing well with my mathematical formulas, from that moment on I could only reach good approximations. The hard “1 + 1 = 2” truth from before became a bit less obvious than before. Now, since more than 20 years, I have [...]

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And the answer to my question is?

I don’t know what your school teachers were like but mine, on the whole, were rather authoritarian. They talked, you listened, they tested. They gave out books, you read them, they tested. Their questions were predictable and if you were academic (good at storing and retrieving data) easy to answer. For many, this style of learning continued into their university days. ‘Give back to the professors what they want and you will get what you want.’ Now this is not at all to knock the education establishment. In between all the long holidays, I think I had a pretty good [...]

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