On Weekends, Vacations and Sabbaticals

If I had to mention one thing that I miss from my corporate years, it would probably be that almost euphoric Friday night feeling. A mixture of sense of accomplishment with the consequent possibility of doing absolutely only what you want, including nothing. That moment when you turn up the volume, drink some wine… and allow yourself to relax.

After a few days relaxing, an allegedly contemporary version of

Anywhere the wind blows (version 2: it blows harder this time)

First appointment with the psychoanalyst. They sit down, face to face. After some small talk, the question arises: what did he expect from the analysis?

He didn’t really want many things to change. He only wished he were a bit more confident that one day he would not regret the decisions he had been making.

Can this confidence exist?

Yes, it can.

But would that be truly useful?

As a …

Recognition: is it worth the cost?

There is that old little anecdote of the successful businessman who, during his holidays, anchors his dazzling yacht close to an idyllic beach. He puts on his panama hat and heads towards the sand. Overtaken by that holiday ecstasy that always makes one prone to extroversion, he wears his best smile and starts a chat with a native. And he asks him what he does at that place. Our executive …

Three comments on the ephemeral

The gods’ fanfare. Shall we get back to the wisdom of Greek myths? Luc Ferry’s book left me wondering about the role of heroes in that mythology. From what I could understand, such semi-gods need to destroy any kind of force that potentially opposes cosmic balance. They exist for the sake of maintaining the harmony between the living and the inanimate, between divine eternity and chaotic time. In the absence …

Five steps towards freedom

I have always regarded freedom as a fundamental value. I’m not sure if it is the fundamental value. Comfort is also good, but it seems like they antagonize each other. Every time I take responsibility for a decision I make, I give up the convenience I would have had to blame someone else for anything that might go wrong (although this relief would not prevent me from facing the undesired …