Holidays are always the best time to catch up on reading and our break in Indonesia was perfect for that.
The plane ride had me devour the autobiography of Eddie Jones, the Aussie Japanese coach of the England rugby team. Fascinating for me as a rugby fan and especially so just after the Rugby World Cup in Japan last year. While England fell to South Africa in the semi’s, Jones’ story is a cracking tail of persistemce, resilience and “kaizen” – constant improvement. A really inspirational read despite his reputation in the media as being a bit of a mongrel.
Up next was the wildly popular “Atomic Habits” by James Clear. As someone always on the hunt to find the better way, understanding the power of habits and how to harness them for good (like a daily blog post) not evil (mindless social media’ing) was very satisfying. It’s the kind of book you read with a pen in hand. The subesequent to-do list after reading this book is lengthy but exciting.
And now off to Dark Emu by Bruce Pascoe who shines a light on the life of Aboriginal Australians prior to the arrival of the Europeans. Far from bringing primitive as we were all taught in schools, Aboriginals built sophisticated structures, developed highly effective fishing and farming techniques and expertly managed the soil and bushland. This last point is very apropos right now as we see over one billion animals killed due to the biggest bishfires in living memory. There is much discussion as to whether the indigenous approach to bushfire management may be where we need to head. I am only 22 pages in…