restless peasant: life, changing :

should and could

Nudging the end of our enterprise month do you feel closer to doing something fulfilling that also pays the bills?

If the answer is no or maybe, then the difficulty in imagining how your ideas can possibly generate enough cash to pay your current bills reliably, month after month could be what’s holding you back.

Two things to bear in mind about that dilemma:

  1. If you don’t start, you’ll never know.
  2. You don’t have to jump in with both feet.

Just starting whatever it is you think you might do for a self powered enterprise will undoubtedly release different chemicals in your brain and these will produce all sorts of new experiences for you. This is the fork in the road or the sliding doors of legend in action. You will never know what lies down the road not taken.

You don’t have to give up the perceived security of a 9-5 job all in one go. Next month’s theme will be Tunnelling which is my word for escaping the drudgery of someone else’s prescription for the shape, form and content of our lives, but slowly, almost without them noticing.

The simple act of just getting started will start the ball rolling on a period of exponential inner growth that will see you making decisions and taking actions your old self could never have foreseen.

Beware, the old thinking patterns that are deeply ingrained though. Your old, workaday self came up with the original idea for your freedom enterprise, so don’t be surprised if your ideas start to explode into a huge range of different realms and the original idea becomes too tame or even unattractive now. Follow your instinct and don’t try to force it.

Don’t follow the money. That is the old you. Instead follow the excitement, novelty, inspiration and above all the fulfilment; the money will eventually take care of itself.

Meantime, think about simplifying things so that more of your time can be spent doing exactly what you want to do. Don’t be alarmed or angry if what you really want to do at any given moment is not exactly how you envisaged it. Those chemicals are rushing around getting used to all this new freedom, sparking new ideas, imagining new ways of doing things. Don’t let your old self curtail or restrict their freedom. Don’t let should overpower could.

This might worry you at first, but this is more than likely to be a self imposed guilt trip. Stop, breathe and pinpoint the negative feeling; where is it manifested, what does it mean, where is it coming from? It’s usually self imposed guilt, otherwise known as Imposter Syndrome.



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Well, we’re getting close to the end of January, but isn’t it a long  month when you’re waiting for a pay cheque to come in?

You might remember that the theme of restless peasant for January 2016 is Enterprise and that on New Year’s Day for inspiration I took the following amazing quote from the impressively focussed Simone Weil:

“When someone exposes himself as a slave in the market place, what wonder if he finds a master?”

In this inspirational quote she cuts right to the quick of life’s enduring question: What’s it all about?

As far as anyone can tell, it is about nothing in particular. Perhaps more accurately, it is about different things for different people and in that respect nothing is any more important than anything else. In the face of this, I don’t think it’s unreasonable to conclude that everything, every activity, every occupation we might pursue is, essentially, trivial to all but the main benefactor.

Who is the main benefactor of your daily activities?

The answer to this question will reveal why you feel good or bad about your situation.



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how we spend these hours

becomes how we spend our lives

1-6-8 this week?

(ht to Annie Dillard)



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eureka moments

never what they seem to be

life’s experience




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materials to hand

Generating good ideas for your own enterprise can be elusive. We get easily confused and bogged down by over thinking things.

Take a leaf out of the book of artisans all over the world and just use what you have to hand.

In rural China I often see people making stuff out of Bamboo. It’s strong and versatile and can be used for building, growing frames, scaffolding, pipes and all sorts of other things.

Then of course there is the question of getting tooled up for work. A lot of times this is actually an excuse or another form of resistance getting in the way of you actually getting started on a project.

Just use the kitchen table method to get started and you’ll be surprised at how resilient and resourceful you can be. If in doubt and especially if you feel like going online or travelling to the DIY store to get materials, ask yourself:

Try it and free yourself through your own enterprise.

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Food Porn

The brave soul who tries to un-tether herself from what she might suddenly and unexpectedly see as a ridiculous, pre programmed previous life of conformity with the norms of modern society, to try to live an increasingly unencumbered life (or indeed a decreasingly encumbered one); one that she enjoys and one in which she is learning and experiencing new things every day, might just find herself re-encumbered by a series of hurdles.

Happiness isn’t easily defined and she might still be susceptible to the same black holes, one assumes, that Churchill preferred to call the black dog. Hugh Falkus also referred to deep black holes that only hard physical effort could banish,  but then these sturdy, stiff upper lip types have always embraced these as being a fount of creativity and when reading Masanobu Fukuoka’s book for the whateverth time I was reminded again of how much crap we get involved with in order to avoid living our lives the way we want to.

When describing a period marooned on a remote Irish island in his posthumously published “Some of it was fun” Falkus amusingly said; “In essence, of course, the whole of one’s life is simply a matter of filling in time between meals”.

Which brings me to an increasingly annoying phenomenon in the modern world and that is the almost fanatical pre-occupation with food in the western world.

For the media this has become what DBC Pierre calls “Food Pornography”. It’s getting to the ridiculous stage when you can’t go into a pub and immediately recognise a commonly served meal on the menu. OK you can get fish and chips but it will almost always be described in some pseudo porno, celebrity chef inspired way. The disappointment on many faces when they eventually receive their over-sold, over priced re-constituted frozen garbage is palpable.

Recently I ordered a starter in a pub that was called Stuffed Piedmont Peppers. The description made me dream of “very delicately flavoured, carefully selected from the best growers and then lightly roasted peppers, stuffed with a firm local goats cheese and balsamic drizzle”. What arrived was a barely cooked (actually still quite hard and cold) very ordinary looking “Tescoesque” red pepper filled with a fridge cold, solid lump of tasteless white cheese with a dressingless salad (again fridge cold) and a “drizzle” of something that resembled HP sauce and tasted of very little.

You see it all the time; not fish and chips but; Line caught, beer battered haddock served with hand cut local shards of pink firapple (chips) and a puree of snow peas with mint dressing…FUCK OFF!

Meantime even if we believe any of it, we are just being served frozen crap most of the time and even if it was fresh, line caught, organic or whatever other description turns you on…its just way over the top and ridiculous.

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