Friday 29th December: Black Friday sends the global marketplace into a worldwide buying spree. The Guardian reports on ‘outstanding’ figures. – Friday 6th December: The United Nations climate change convention is in full swing. Greta Thunberg arrives, saying “I hope world leaders grasp the urgency of the climate crisis”. All week, The Guardian has been […]
Do you want more because you need more? Or do you want more because the possibility exists?
You deserve the best, ‘they’ say. What about others? Who deserves the best, if the best is finite?
My brother sometimes works for a farmer doing building projects – let’s call him Harry. I’ve never met Harry, but the talk I hear of him is that he’s one of those real ‘salt of the earth’ kinda guys. A real ‘grafter’. You know… just a simple farmer done good through hard work. An ordinary […]
Today I spoke to a friend (let’s call her Mel) about whether she would take a pay cut in exchange for a job that would be more rewarding. Mel is a friend who really analyses her impact on the world, and worries a lot about whether she is making her biggest contribution. She works […]
The chef who puts everything into your dinner, but by the time it’s ready you’ve already given up and left. The website that really encapsulates what you stand for, but took a year longer and ran over budget. The builder who does an amazing job, but finishes six months late. Perfectionists have a narrative. A […]
We’ve got programmes about buying a house. Programmes about buying a second one. A home abroad. A home by the beach. A house in the country. About renovating a house. Extending a house. And about building one from scratch. About decorating it. Finding antiques to fill it. Putting your personality on it. About the perfect […]
There’s always someone with more money than you. More friends. Better teeth, better skin, better hair. A bigger house. A more prestigious job title. Theodore Roosevelt said that “comparison is the thief of joy.” And in the age of social media, comparison is stealing joy at an unprecedented rate. But in comparing yourself to others, […]
It’s not half empty. It’s not half full. It’s just full. Full of things we need for life. Maybe sometimes we just need to look again at what’s in front of us. Image modified from this video.
Take two people. ‘Person A’ has a car. A yearly supply of new clothes. Imported food. Consumer goods. Plastic bottles of drink, wrappers, straws. Computers. An iPhone. A fully decorated and furnished house. They take a few flights a year. ‘Person B’ has a space to sleep on the dirt floor of a family home […]