Navigating the cross winds

Or The gulf between what we want and where we are

‘A plane is on the wrong course 90% of the time’

I was reminded of this nugget of wisdom today, while assessing where I’m at, where I’m going, where I said I wanted to go, and the habits that help or hinder my progress.
Navigating the cross winds
Of course aeroplanes normally arrive at their destination, which I find comforting. They do so because pilots regularly check against where they said they wanted to go, and adjust accordingly.

I know this probably sounds obvious, but I think we often neglect to check our course, and steer. I know that although I know it, I need reminding regularly. That’s ok, we are human and mortal. But that’s why it’s important to embed compass setting and evaluation into what we do Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: March 19th, 2012 | Author: martin | Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off

The part time crusader wins the long game

With thanks to Ian Lawton

I was at last week’s Greenspeak, recently relaunched here in Brighton, with NEF and Mappiness. I really loved this brilliant Edward Abbey quote relayed by Andrew Simms. It really speaks to my own experience and learning as an activist, and to my own roots: as a proud descendent of  ramblers involved with the great ‘mass trespasses’ of the 30’s, whose ashes were scattered at the base of Green Gable, and as someone who knows the importance of balancing long hours with finding refuge in the views The Mappiness Hedonimeterfrom the peaks, of dancing and comedy, of listening in awe to the sounds of creatures usually unseen. After all, if we are serious about sustainability, then we have to take it seriously in our own lives, and we have to take laughter seriously too. If we truly care about the dreams that we are working to manifest, Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: March 5th, 2012 | Author: martin | Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off