Wisdom and folly: The myth of Daedalus and Icarus

Wisdom and folly: The myth of Daedalus and Icarus

Many years ago, the island of Crete was ruled by the cruel King Minos. One day he summoned to the island a famous inventor called Daedalus, who brought with him his son, Icarus, to do a job for the King. Minos had the inventor build a great palace for him, within...
To do what needs doing…to do the right thing

To do what needs doing…to do the right thing

“Just that you do the right thing. The rest doesn’t matter. Cold or warm. Tired or well-rested. Despised or honoured. Dying…or busy with other assignments. Because dying, too, is one of our assignments in life. There as well: “To do what needs...
What’s the most important thing?

What’s the most important thing?

Success, in any endeavour, is predicated on our capacity to recognise the most important thing and to be mindful of this fact as we move forward. By remembering the most important thing in any situation we are less likely to deviate, lose direction, or get lost and...
The practice and pursuit of excellence

The practice and pursuit of excellence

Excellence is the quality of being outstanding or extremely good at something. Often excellence can be framed in elitist terms, something reserved only for the very best in any field. However, it might be more helpful to think of excellence in personal terms, in terms...
Wise choices

Wise choices

After a long, hard climb up a mountain a group of seekers found themselves in front of a great teacher. ‘How do we become wise?’ they ask. ‘Good choices’, replies the teacher ‘But how do we make good choices?’ ‘From experience’ ‘And how do we get experience?’ ‘Bad...