April - Red Ladder Inspirations
Digital MINIMALISM - On Living Better with Less Technology
by Cal Newport
Digital Minimalism: “A philosophy of technology use in which you focus your online time on a small number of carefully selected and optimized activities that strongly support things you value, and then happily miss out on everything else.”
In January 2018 I took part in Cal Newport’s digital detox month, giving up all unnecessary internet use (I wrote about it in a few blog posts starting here). In his latest book, Digital Minimalism, he takes what he learnt and uses it to create strategy for becoming a digital minimalist.
I found it inspiring, it’s made me realise all the things that I miss out on when I over engage with technology, the most basic being ’time alone with my own thoughts’.
I’m in the process of working out a strategy for myself, a way of keeping what I really value and doing away with the rest.
Why are we creative?
Hermann Vaske’s documentary, filmed over 30 years, asks one question, ‘Why are you creative?’. He asks the question of 30 or so people, including Ai Weiwei, Marina Abramovic, Laurie Anderson, Björk, David Bowie, The Dalai Lama, Stephen Hawking, David Lynch and Yoko Ono.
It’s coming to Stockholm June the 7th, I’m not sure where and when it will appear in other countries. And it has the intriguing subtitle, ’The Centipede’s Dilemma’.
David Nash - making sculptures with living trees
I might have to make a trip to Cardiff to see this David Nash exhibition. He makes sculptures with living trees. I love that someone can bear to do something so slow! I aspire to that. You can read a review of the exhibition at the National Museum in Cardiff and watch him in the video Caen-y-Coed, making single sculptures that take decades to create.
How to be More Consistent in Your Journaling - MICHAEL Hyatt
Someone once said that I had the quality of being able to 'learn from my experience’, it’s a compliment that’s really stuck with me. I know that to learn from my experience I do need to reflect on it and I find one of the best ways of doing that is through writing. But I’m not a very consistent ‘journal writer’. So this article caught my eye. It’s a simple idea, you have a template for your journal, a simple series of questions to ask yourself each day. My questions wouldn’t be anything like Micheal Hyatt’s, but I think the basic idea is great.
What would your questions be? Here are a few of mine -
What did I realise about myself today?
What good things happened in the world today that caught my attention?
Who did I appreciate today, and why?
Read Michael Hyatt’s full article.
The Art Assignment
If you’re like me then sometimes, to get creative, you need a little nudge from outside. I just discovered this site called ‘Art Assignment’ and I chose this one -
Go outside and walk in the direction that is quietest.
Continue until you are in the quietest place possible.
Take a moment to absorb it. Then document it through photography or video.
You can upload your images using #theartassignment and see what other people found, or just keep it to yourself. I followed the quiet and found these two deer had got there before me!