Chop Wood, Carry Water

chop wood, carry water

Ever heard this quote and wondered what the hell it meant?

Sometimes fragments of Zen philosophy spill into popular culture, and taken alone, they can be hard to decipher.

But this one’s a little Jedi snippet of wisdom that can benefit us all, when we know how to use it.



Do you have trouble managing your emotions?

Are you angry one minute and crying into your coffee cup the next?

Let’s face it, mastering this little life experience can be pretty darned difficult.

After all, we’re rarely taught the psychological skills needed to navigate the choppy waters of existence while we’re tiny humans.

Which is why the practice of meditation is so vital.


Howling around razor edges

Timber creaks and stirs

Whipping off foamy rollers

Whispers that never were

Turning 36


Last week I turned 36 and as I wrote a birthday post last year, here’s another collection of annual ponderings.


Time: Three essential perspectives for a fruitful life


How do you regard time?

Most of us inhabit a mental space which prioritises our past, indulges in the present or anticipates the future.

Let’s take a look at how to harness these three perceptions of time to become well-adjusted, effective little humans.

How to become a polymath


Have you bought into the cultural cliche that a jack of all trades masters none?

Well, there’s a new renaissance underway, evangelising the benefits of polymathy versus the pursuit of hyper-specialisation.

So let’s dive in.

How to start anything

how to start

Want to know how to start doing something important to you?

Whether that’s a business, side project, activity or hobby, there’s an art to starting.

Click here to learn more.

Media medley – The Joker, Thom Yorke and Pumping Iron


Hey, shiny happy people.

In this little update, I’d thought I’d share some of my recent media consumption, with thoughts, opinion and reviews to boot.

As always, if you have any recommendations for interesting bits and bobs to watch/read/listen etc, feel free to get in touch.