The Beauty of Life


Dwell on the beauty of life. Watch the stars, and see yourself running with them.

And I do a lot of dwelling, but not about the beauty of life. The opposite, in fact. My default seems to be dwelling on the empty portion of the glass rather than the full portion. I use it to feed my depression (or is it a result of my depression?), which is my comfortable space, my constant companion, and in a sick way I really miss it when it’s not around.

I’m fully aware that this isn’t healthy for me and I need to cultivate behaviours which will push me more towards positive thoughts and actions.

And that’s where I can use the photography. It forces me to look for the beauty in the most mundane things and then capture it on camera. The end result of which is incentive enough to focus on the full portion of the glass, I think.

Nikon D3400
1/125 sec
ISO 4500



Missing Pieces


Good morning.

“Let not your mind run on what you lack as much as on what you have already.” – Marcus Aurelius

Current status: cold. small. rummaging around in the dark corners of my mind looking for things I don’t have.

Coveting thy neighbour as a form of self-flagellation. I’ll add that to the list of ways I punish myself. Or can I use it as a form of aspiration?

Nikon D3400
1/20 sec
ISO 1600




My horoscope yesterday:

“A positive attitude is essential today, because if you let negative thoughts enter your mind it could stop you taking advantage of opportunities that are designed by the universe to make you materially and emotionally richer. It’s all good, so be happy.”

I find astrology moderately entertaining and curiously accurate, and cynically I always check yesterday’s installment to see if it was an accurate reading, and this one was very relevant to something that I struggle with on an ongoing basis.

I do wrestle with depression and have a (bad) habit of lending too much weight to the empty portion of the glass, so this is sage advice. And it also fits the above picture which I took quite well.

Now, to put that into practice……..








Gratitude Journal – Post 16

There’s something appealing about getting up at 5am when the world is still asleep. The world is fresh and new and quiet. Very, very quiet. And that fits quite well with my introverted nature. I can sit quietly and explore my thoughts and read and write without the noise of the day circling around me.

Working in the corporate world has always been a poor fit for me. This is much better. I don’t feel like I’m trying to change the course of a mighty river. I’m much more in harmony with who I am.

That said, diving right into it as soon as I get up has been largely effective over the last 3 days. It works best if I set my task list the day before, so that I know what I’m going to tackle when I get up; without it I just drift and the Monkey Mind takes over. I end up losing a few hours to Fuck-Knows-What, YouTube videos of a hamster licking his balls, or the vacuous machinations of Casey Neistat (who I think is full of S.H.I.T., but entertaining).

My goals for today: write one page of The Story, complete one movie review and devote a couple of hours to Photography practice/study. The latter is going to be the easy one as I have scheduled a couple of hours this afternoon with a friend who is going to act as my muse while I work through a few techniques. I’m also going to limit my access to email and such to 15 minutes at Noon and then again at 5pm. Passing thought: I’ve done the 7 Habits course, I need to dig that out and inculcate those tools into my daily routine.

In terms of Gratitude, having someone to help me through these photography techniques is tremendously helpful and I’m very grateful for that help.

The prospective tenant for one of my units withdrew the offer, but the real estate company had a back-up in place and the new prospect is actually offering a better rate with an immediate start date. I’m really grateful that they were able to source an alternative so quickly.

Ok, on with the day…….


Gratitude Journal – Post 15

Standing on the balcony this morning at 6am I could hear birds chirping in the distance. Spring is on the way.

I set the alarm for 5am this morning. The plan was to get up and just ‘Do It’. Clear my mind, don’t over think it and basically white-knuckle it. I’ve done that through most of my career, and while a little painful, it has been effective. None of this hippy-bullshit on how to win the day by starting it with meditation and affirmations and exogenous ketone spiked green tea, just strap on the boots and get it done.

Truthfully, I’m just sick of procrastinating and using it as a form of self-flagellation. I’m aware that this is a manifestation of my fear of the task and wanting it to be perfect on the first go-around, which is unrealistic. I also have this idea in my head that the act of doing it is not going to be as good as the thought of doing it – I can daydream about it and gain some pleasure from that thought. If I do it then I lose that little bit of pleasure. Yes, that’s a bit self-indulgent and short sighted. Mostly short sighted and an inability to delay gratification. I’ll gain much more gratification and fulfilment from actually doing it.

And experience. I need the experience.

All that said, let’s be grateful for something this morning:

The interview with RenRe went better than expected. I wasn’t successful, but it was a good conversation, gave me more experience interviewing and selling myself, and it got me in front of hiring managers/decision makers which is a good thing that could yet bear fruit. Ultimately, I’m going to hit on one of these eventually and each interview I have leading up to that final one will better prepare me for the opportunity.

Ok, let’s get on with it………..


Gratitude Journal – Post 14

Back to the drawing board.

It’s been almost 2 weeks since I’ve done any journaling and have to admit that the train came right off the tracks. I’m having a hard time stringing multiple productive days together. I’ll be good one day, and then the next is completely dominated by the Monkey Mind.

That said, I have been writing some movie reviews, but these are throw-away in my opinion and all I’m really doing is distracting myself from working on the stories that I want to work on. I mean, they’re good practice, but…….I’m not focusing on the important.

I need to re-think my approach.

In the meantime and because this is a Gratitude Journal, both of my units have been rented and won’t be sitting vacant for any length of time. The tenant in one of my units told me that they may not be renewing the lease, however late last week they changed their mind and renewed it for another year. The other unit has a tenant who is due to move out at the end of the month, and I’ve asked a realtor to source a new one. An offer for the unit came through on Friday and they want to move in as soon as the old one moves out, so I’m very grateful for that.

Onwards and upwards.