Sunday, August 11, 2013

On my mind

Excerpts and links from the articles I liked best this week:

This is what I mean by time warp:

"We construct the experience of time in our minds, so it follows that we are able to change the elements we find troubling — whether it’s trying to stop the years racing past, or speeding up time when we’re stuck in a queue, trying to live more in the present, or working out how long ago we last saw our old friends. Time can be a friend, but it can also be an enemy. The trick is to harness it, whether at home, at work, or even in social policy, and to work in line with our conception of time. Time perception matters because it is the experience of time that roots us in our mental reality. Time is not only at the heart of the way we organize life, but the way we experience it."

In case you're looking around and thinking everybody is better than you - wise words by Marianne:

"Jealousy, says Pinkola Estes, is a many armed monster that ranges over the earth looking for vulnerable people. And we are vulnerable when we forget that we don’t all have the same pathway. We are vulnerable when we want the treasure without being willing to pay the price"

Advice to young people on being on your own  :

" I think I’d like to say only that they should learn to be alone and try to spend as much time as possible by themselves. I think one of the faults of young people today is that they try to come together around events that are noisy, almost aggressive at times. This desire to be together in order to not feel alone is an unfortunate symptom, in my opinion. Every person needs to learn from childhood how to be spend time with oneself. That doesn’t mean he should be lonely, but that he shouldn’t grow bored with himself because people who grow bored in their own company seem to me in danger, from a self-esteem point of view."

And for a change an article on Asylum-seekers in Australia that doesn't make you lose your faith in humanity

''This has helped my idea of breaking from the welfare model. I had been feeling responsible for Ali. I was buying into the crisis. I had forgotten that Ali is a very resourceful man, far more resourceful than I will ever be. The experience really taught me I am not the solution; I am a person to support these people finding their own solution. And again, most of them are more educated and skilled than I will ever be. That is what keeps me in the job now - people like Ali, and the understanding that anything is possible with people who have that kind of dedication and resilience.''

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