We’ve all no doubt seen the growing trend of everyone using their cameras more and more. Thanks to our smart phones now having pretty amazing cameras inside them, we’re all taking more and more photos. This is a good thing. I love going back through all my photos after an event.
I’ve just returned from Portugal where I attended my brother-in-laws wedding. It was a fabulous beach wedding that was truly amazing. And, since the wedding it has been great to relive the moments thanks to all the photos we took—and the video too.
I love this. I love the ease at which I can show other people our photos and let them have a taste of what I’m experiencing as well. There are so many positives that I can find with this proliferation of photo taking.
But there is a downside I’m noticing more and more too. We are so busy taking photos of all the moments we experience that we’re actually missing the moments themselves. We are so focused on capturing a moment to savour later that we miss out on truly experiencing and enjoying what’s happening whilst it actually happens.
This makes me sad. And I’m as guilty as anyone. I’ve already found myself failing to fully savour moments with my new born baby because I’m so busy trying to capture that first smile on camera to share with others.
I’m not suggesting we do away with our cameras. Far from it. But it is something we should at least think about. So much inspiration is found by fully entering into moments and experiencing them deeply. If we end up totally experiencing life through the lens of our camera we run the risk of missing out on so much of life.
And I’m very excited about the latest venture which is to offer a free foundation course for anyone in the South Yorkshire region. Here’s the details from Isaac:
Hi all, some very very very exciting news from MB Improv - we are running an 8 week Improv Foundation Course which starts with 2 taster sessions so that YOU can try it out first!!!!! The even better new is that it is FREE. All the key info is below:
MB Improv Foundation Course - give Improv a Try! FREE!
MB Improv is running an improv comedy foundation course for anyone with absolutely any level of improvising or performing experience (down to zero).
The course includes the following:
Two taster sessions:
- Tuesday 15th May, 7:00pm - 8:15pm
- Tuesday, 22nd May, 7:00pm - 8:15pm
Followed by an 8-week foundation course (FREE, with £20 deposit)
Tuesday, 29th May - Tuesday, 24th July, 7:00pm - 8:15pm
All Sessions held at Showroom Cinema, Cinema 5 (15 Paternoster Row, Sheffield, South Yorkshire, S1 2BX))
You will learn the foundations of great improvisational comedy.
- Spontaneity through improvisation – being ‘in the moment’
- Thinking and acting without knowing what comes next
- Exercises that boost listening and unlock creativity
- Collaboration games
- Building teamwork and trust (‘yes and…’)
- Making others look amazing
- We believe that anxiety can block creativity and improvisation - that’s why we create a fun, relaxed environment where you can really go for it and enjoy all of the activities and games.
Through the MB Improv Foundation Course you will:
- Develop a solid improv foundation
- Learn the skills to build an amazing improv comedy scene
- Boost your creativity and spontaneity
- Improve your listening and public speaking skills
- Build your self-confidence
- Scratch your comedy itch
- Most importantly, have a great time with a bunch of fantastic people!
You can register for the course - or request any further information - by emailing Isaac.
Roy Baumeister and John Tierney:
People with stronger willpower are more altruistic. They’re more likely to donate to charity, to do volunteer work, and to offer their own homes as shelter to someone with no place to go. Willpower evolved because it was crucial for our ancestors to get along with the rest of the clan, and it’s still serving that purpose today. Inner discipline still leads to outer kindness.
I mentioned a few months ago that I was interested in reading this book and, though it’s taken me a while, I finally finished it last night.
Honestly, it’s been one of the most enjoyable books I’ve read in quite a while. Each chapter is filled with so many insights on topics ranging from decision making to finances, to parenting and dieting. And, for a book of this type, it’s thoroughly practical too. I can’t remember the last time I found myself highlighting so many sections of a book.
The premise of the book is this: Willpower is like a muscle that can be strengthened with practice and improved over time. The latest laboratory work shows that self-control has a physical basis to it and so is dramatically affected by simple things such as eating and sleeping - to the extent that a life-changing decision may go in different directions depending on whether it’s made before or after lunch.
It was intriguing to see, as part of their conclusion, the link between willpower and altruism as quoted above. All in all, the point that the books seems to make is that if we want to have a better life, and if we want to live in a better work, then willpower needs to be a muscle that we take time to develop and build up.
All in all, highly recommended and a definite thumbs up from me.