Sunday Column (253)

Where should I start. Let me maybe start with last weekend, and that I had to call in sick on Monday thanks to a stomach bug. It is like a never ending story this winter, I have had quite a few bugs. Having two little kids, the long commute on the train and exposure to lots of different people doesn’t seem to help. It is just that it happens at the wrong times, the weather is changing a lot and overall there seem to be more bugs going around. Whatever the reasoning, next year I will cure my first cold properly before running down my immune system. Also, having interrupted sleep since last summer due to the kids waking up doesn’t boost one’s immune system either.

I was back at work on Tuesday, so all good. I caught up on loads of things this week and just this weekend I had to make a decision to book another day off for completely different reasons. Life.

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This year, as mentioned previously, is for me about personal and professional progress. It is for me about giving to others. And in that spirit, I am looking at a new project, like I looked at Rotary a year ago. It happened that most of those meetings happened this week, and everyone wanted a piece of the action: my time. I am conscious to not overstretch myself, to focus on my family, my main job, yet also have extra curricular activities but keep them as “extra curricular”. Maybe a German thing, as Germans, according to a recent BBC documentary, love to be organised in clubs and meet up after work in organised groups. Organised, ey? I also had to cancel that. Life.

More bad news this week when I found out that an industry friend died young and unexpected. My second industry friend I lost within a year. Of course it happens, but in a small and close industry like ours, where everyone knows everyone, it seems to hit you straight away. Life.

Without wanting to get too philosophical, I have been thinking about life this week a lot, particularly in the last few days. Watching a talk on TED about what comes after death and that we shouldn’t worry, didn’t help my thinking. The talk can be summarised, at least in my opinion, that you shouldn’t worry about heaven, hell or what comes after, as when you die you die. For you the worldly life is over and that’s that. For others, similar to the Buddhist belief, the suffering is by far greater. We, the survivors, have to endure samsara.

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But let’s use the time between the beginning, alpha, and the end, omega, to enjoy life on earth. We watched Oblivion recently. A post-Earth drama. Alluding to what is important in life and who to obey to, who to trust. At least that’s what I took from it besides the statement that we should look after our earth and that in the future anything might be possible. And so it might be. When I went to school I had no idea I might be sitting on a train writing articles on a piece of glass, uploading them to the clouds. Having a PC at the time, connected to a stereo, playing first 3D games, was classified as progress.

There are two more thoughts I would like to mentioned this week. One is a note saying that each new year is like a new book, every day a new blank page, make the most out of it to fill it purposefully. The second is my post from last Sunday about new beginnings. We need to see each day, each week, each opportunity as a new beginning. We must look forward, and in Steve Jobs’ wise words, trust that the dots will connect in the future. They will. Things are going to be ok. Life.

Have a great new beginning to the day and week.

With love and kindness,
Volker