Simpletom…?!? Are you still there? Is that you? Oh dear. This last couple of weeks, it’s just been Tom. Perhaps Stressedtom, Anxioustom or even Corporatetom…but frankly there needs to be some serious ember blowing on the coals of calm to be allowed to write here as Simpletom. In addition, it’s entirely of my own doing. … Continue reading Simply Loosing It
If I followed all my advice, I would be disgustingly overearnest. If I never got drunk, the hazy moments skinny-dipping, or sliding in mud at festivals, or midnight boat trips or all the rest of the wonderful semi-memories I have, might never have happened. If I’d been wholly dedicated to one career, or my businesses … Continue reading Simplicity In 10 Simplish Steps
Since the dawn of human consciousness and rational thought (something that has seemingly yet to occur for some 'Tea Party-goers' in the US), we have hunted for meaning or significance (or maybe just the significance of meaning). The questions are not new: What is the meaning of life? Why am I here? Is there a … Continue reading You Don’t Matter
Your closest friends, partners or family – do they know how you really feel? I feel that as a society, we tell people too often what they want to hear. ‘Oooh, what a nice dress’ or ‘yes I absolutely agree’, or ‘what a nice little dog’ are expressions that spring too rapidly to our lips, … Continue reading Truth is God
"Our lives are frittered away by detail; simplify, simplify." — Henry David Thoreau (1817–1862) First published in 1854, Henry David Thoreau’s work Walden is considered an American classic. It is an autobiographical diary, of sorts, that details Thoreau’s time living in a cabin in the woods near Walden Pond, in Massachusetts. Thoreau lives in the … Continue reading Inside Simplicity
I try to imbue this blog with good intention. My hope is that the result doesn’t come across as too naïve, blithe or insincere. I am trying to explore simplicity honestly. I’m not testing the concept with the ferocity of some who seeks an immediate truth. I haven’t necessarily pushed the extremes, I've merely tickled … Continue reading Simplicity – Honest Good Intention or Sheer Naivety?
“I grow old… I grow old… I shall wear the bottoms of my trousers rolled” – T. S. Elliot In the last week I’ve had two glimpses into old age: One was offered by re-reading one of my favourite books of all time – Any Human Heart by William Boyd. In the book, Boyd tracks … Continue reading How To Prevent Aging – Working Backwards