Daily Draw: Anna K Tarot, The Moon
All but one card this week have had an element of water about them. The shadow side signified by this card reminds me that this time last year was the the darkest and bleakest period of my life. I wore a professional mask 9-7 but cried buckets most nights and many mornings too. This year will be different, our parents only die once not twice.
The other stuff (and every problem but death is pretty much just stuff) will kick in. The lesson of water is to go with it or go round it rather than hard up against. If it all gets to much there is always the coast. I don't have a break booked but different to last year I know that I can and if needs be I will.
Particularly in the academy, we have paid a lot of attention to the ‘life of the mind’. There
have been great advances that have come from encouraging and enabling people to think differently
and more innovatively. But I would like us all, just for the duration of this lecture, to
imagine the institution that we would create if we deeply cared for our own and others physical
wellbeing. Even further, I want to suggest that a primary task of leadership is to pay attention
to and work towards the flourishing of others, and I don’t mean only cognitively. I mean the
flourishing of our physical selves.
What might this look like? It would include paying attention to the feelings and insights that
come from our bodies. It would include structuring our days to ensure people did not over-work
and were encouraged to harness their energies to what gave them pleasure. In this institution,
there would be discussions about what was really happening in people’s lives, of what they were
dealing with when elderly and not so elderly family members got sick or died. These discussions
would be a prompt to ensure that we don’t waste time on things that don’t matter.