‘Aloneness’

If you want to be more deeply connected, spend time alone.

That’s not a fact, underpinned by research. It’s a reflection. An anecdote. But it may have value.

If you came to me and said – I feel empty, or – as if something is missing – if you complained about feeling blocked or stagnant or that negative drama (gossip, shouting, pointing the finger) made you feel more alive – I would say: think about spending some more time alone.

That’s regardless of being an extravert, introvert, or even ambivert (think happy middle ground).

These are just personality types.

The value of being alone transcends categories. It’s a deliberate practice of not seeking someone (or something) other to fill you up. I believe it’s a deep human need, as vital as connection.

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The value of being curious in the modern world

If you gave me a few seconds to share what I believed could add the most to a person’s life I’d say – be curious.

What about?

Everything and everyone.

When you’re curious, every day is rich.

This doesn’t mean every day is great, that’s impossible and undesirable; but you can be up or down, relaxed, anxious, angry, sad and you’re learning, adding colour and texture, cracking open walls.

But you’ve got to pay attention. You’ve got to be awake so that you take in what you are experiencing and start making it into something, rather than being asleep to it and letting it pass you by.

Curiosity is intrinsic although the instinct can fade if it’s not encouraged or used. But it can be rekindled.

Curiosity leads to unexpected synergies, it reveals new patterns and generates startling serendipity.

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