We all drift… sometimes an hour is lost scrolling (more on that another time). Sometimes for weeks or years.
Pam recently read Julia Baird’s book Phosphorescence*. One of the key themes that resonated with Pam was “Living deliberately” – it seems a sure antidote to “drift”.
Julia Baird is a political journalist and presenter in Australia and Phosphorescence has been read by several women in my life – it’s apparently a journey worth taking.
When I looked Julia up, she is the daughter of highly regarded state politician Bruce Baird and sister of Mike Baird who became Premier in NSW. Julia, aside from writing, co-hosts a political affairs show on the ABC, so this family are full of public service and lives very deliberately.
Discussing “Living deliberately” (over toast), we brainstormed what that might mean. We came up with:
- 2 big dimensions: Personal (self) and World (others)
- Combined with:
- WHATS (principles of “living deliberately”)
- HOWS (tools, rhythms and skills)
- NOURISHMENT (things that bring joy and recharge your resources)
Above is one visualisation. We also thought “Living well” or “Living a good life” might have a little more balance than just the mental fortitude of “living deliberately”. It’s far from perfect but it might be a useful reminder for us and others.
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We’ll write a few blog posts on some of the sections – any idea which should be first? 🤷♂️
Below is another visualisation of the same content.
* Phosphorescence: On Awe, Wonder & the Things that Sustain You When the World Goes Dark (HarperCollins)