A book that inspired you
A concept that simplifies your life
Focus and Resilience:
Taming anxiety is about channeling where to spend energy. One should only spend energy on things for which one is responsible.
I’ve spent most of my life not understanding that energy tends to be scarce. It was only when I became a parent that I started to be aware that my energy was finite and that I should use it more wisely. I’m still trying to learn how to do it consistently, though.
A quote worth reflecting on
Since sharing is caring, I have two quotes on two different topics that maybe are not so unrelated:
- “No one finds a justification for life within themselves. We intuit things in ourselves, but we must remember that the word ‘justification’ comes from justice. To justify means to show why it is just. What makes it right for us to face life is others. We need to end this tyranny of individuality.” — Valter Hugo Mãe
- “It’s an undeniable axiom that experiences have more meaning when they are shared. When we take the time to look for the humanity in others, we will seek to create solutions that honor our shared life. We will grow to learn that where our design stops, our true, tangible experiences begin. Only there we will find freedom.“ — Jeremy D. Cherry - Designing for Hope
A performance you won’t forget
After more than two years of waiting, I recently went to the theatre to see a play named “Catarina and the Beauty of Killing Fascists” (original ”Catarina e a Beleza de Matar Fascistas”), directed by Tiago Rodrigues. It’s about a family meeting to uphold their annual tradition, which has been kept for over 70 years: killing fascists. However, this year Catarina refuses to kill the fascist her family kidnapped. The play ends with an off-script interactive part between one particular actor, the fascist, and the audience. We end up hearing a xenophobic, misogynistic and frankly disgusting speech from that actor, which lasts for ages. In an apparent attempt to get the audience to riot and silence this actor, insiders from the production seem to incite the rest of the audience to speak out against that speech by insulting the actor and trying to silence him. I almost joined the protesters, but I remembered it was a play. Honestly, it was a once-in-a-lifetime performance. Truly remarkable!
A learning journey that made the difference
Living in India has taught me to embrace the flow instead of fighting it, even when it feels chaotic and there’s no sense of logic in what I’m doing or where I’m going. Like driving a rickshaw in the busy streets of Mumbai, you must focus on only one thing: not hitting anything or anyone ahead of you and using the honk as a sonar. I always think of that driving experience demonstrating how collective instinct works. Since then, my instinct has worked like my sonar.