Variety

If I were to pick one thing from the natural world, it’d be diversity. Snails are slow. Eagles sharp. Seals wet.

And humans vary too!

I’m only learning to accept a sea of personalities, abilities and strengths.

Parts

A cell is both, an individual and a part of an arm. And of the body.

Same with humans. We’re on our own but also a part of something bigger by default. A part of a human species. And of a planet Earth. And of the solar system. And of the universe.

And what’s awareness then? Maybe realising which role to play when. Different needs matter then.

Complexity

Self-organisation was interesting to me for a long time when experimenting with personal development. But these days I look for inspiration elsewhere and everywhere.

How do self-organised organisms work? What conditions are needed? When these are better than top-down organised systems?

This is quite an important question to me as I believe that self-direction promotes construction and thus meaningful life for all.

Words

“No one likes to change or to be changed”, I heard years ago. But hey, we change every day. Just look up your nails and hair! Growing. Day by day.

What about ‘transformation’? A scary word suggesting transformers. Or butterflies and caterpillars.

We forget how we transform a few times during a lifetime. Our bodies expand and shrink when we age.

Our values, habits, behaviours change get a new shape. Any better word than ‘transform’ fits such a ‘change’?

Energy

Energy is more important than efficient result. Because energy caries emotions which we remember. We forget the results. We often change paths and past results don’t matter. But the energy stays. We remember.

I asked a nurse: “What is one thing about caring?” “Love and compassion,” she said.

New Tools

How to learn to love everybody then? There are tools for efficiency. But what about scaling caring?

It comes down to micro interactions. Being kind to oneself. And others. Even if the inside burns with anger.

Observations

Observing the World is not noticing Problems to fix, but rather noticing the Beauty, both the aesthetics and the function.

Problems breed ideas, sure, but also cary an emotion. While the Beauty also breeds ideas, and caries a different kind of emotion.

Emotion matters because it inspires behaviour.

Structure

Self-structure is important. Especialy when we use computers daily – to learn, work, get inspired, generate ideas, communicate, do work again, reflect, create.

So much knowledge there, like an inner innovation playground. Most of the things we do we forget or simply don’t capture at all.

What if we would capture some more? Would you like to see and know your interests over time? What influences your thinking and doing? And feeling! What topics have you explored since you started using a computer/phone? What projects have you worked on? Where’s your personal icebox [an archive]? I would certainly would love to know all that.

Questions

The world is so uncertain these days. I think someone else’s thought and reply in my mind – was it ever certain?

I notice how I enjoy questions. So many friendships have started this way. But there’s more to that.

Questions to me work as a safety bubble. A way to trust the world, because I trust myself. What other tool gives a lasting trust if not a simple act of turning a problem into a question, and then looking for information, doing projects to try things out and find your answers.

Here I mentioned a tip. Did you notice?