As my 65th birthday gift, my daughter Ellian set up this blog site for me. Over the last few years many friends have contacted me, particularly on Facebook, or they have visited and enjoyed sharing stories and ideas. So with the possibility of enhancing these contacts and sharing some of my ideas, musings, readings, adventures, philosophies and pleasures I will share them through Facebook and yet to be discovered other means, whenever I post something here.
What is the point of sharing these ideas and stories? The main reason is that people have said they would like to read them. A secondary but energizing reason is that my deep gratitude for this incredible life wants me to give something back. I no longer formally teach, I have closed my training and development company and my term as chairman of an environmental group has expired. Although I feel that I do not have a minute to spare in this exciting life of adventures, projects, runs, family and commitments I still want to take time to share and give.
One of the main recurring themes in these blogs will be that I do not want to provide understanding, for that can be gleaned in many ways. I want to give examples of how I have used understanding to do and achieve things. I have spent my life attempting to live like this, sometimes even jumping before I understand where I could land. Even as long ago as my time at Durham University, as president of the Geographical Society, my presidential address was entitled “Knowledge for what?” We could all see in 1970 the mounting calamities that were about to severely damage our environment and we did so very little about it. There is currently much information on how artificial intelligence is about to deeply effect how humanity views itself and how it creates meaning in life, but understanding this does little to galvanize action. Of course these are large scale examples of understanding that are difficult to determine how to make a difference, but on the small personal scale there are hundreds of good beneficial ideas we come across, fully understand and approve of, but do not allow them to change the way we live at all.
So I will try a few posts and if they help you in any way please let me know. Converting understanding to change and action is a habit worth developing. I understand why I want to write this. Let’s see if I can continue to do so. – Paul Bell (March 2017)