It fascinates me how me and Mandell cannot speak without dropping at least a douzen book titles/recommendations or so. This episode is not different in that regards, but before we went all booking, I shared a story of the adventures of Pop the cat, who was definitely cheating on me during the summer, while on vacation in Vejbystrand where my mom lives.
(Can a cat cheat on his owner? Well. Yeah. Listen and find out how!)
The type of pets that are common to an area, and how those pets are tended/kept, shifts. There’s a cultural aspect to this, in much the same way that cooking provides a lens into a culture. Turns out, Mandell always tries to get to a cooking class while travelling, even though he also says Cooking is not my thing. Well, you could have fooled me…
“For some reason a cooking class gives me an advantage on the culture. You learn so much from the food and I especially I love the cooking classes where they bring you to the market and show you how they shop.” ~ Mandell
Then our conversation came upon a shift.
From the short arc of time (a human life span; cats and dogs, travelling and cooking classes) to the long ones. The really long arcs.
“The aspect of the long arcs is one of my favourite things. A human life is a really small arc of time. It’s like nothing, but the long arcs of time… what was it like a thousand years ago, 10,000 years ago, a hundred thousand years ago? When you look at the long arc of time, what happens? What shifts? Opening up to the fact that a human lifespan is a very short, very brief moment in time, and what am I doing with that? Am I influencing the long [ongoing] arc? How am I influencing it? Can I influence it?” ~ Helena
And boom. There we went, down a deep rabbit hole, asking questions, challenging ourselves, providing tankespjärn for ourselves, as well as, hopefully, for you, dear listener.
- Find Mandell Conway through his websiteGiving is like or onLinkedIn
- Pop the cat can be found on Instagram
- All Reddy-conversations from season two (on Spotify)
- The AKIMBO workshops, all but altMBA running for the last time in the fall of 2022
- The signature of all things, a book by Elizabeth Gilbert
- Range – WHY GENERALISTS TRIUMPH IN A SPECIALIZED WORLD by David Epstein
- Big Magic, also by Elizabeth Gilbert
- Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts
- The women I think about at night by Mia Kankimäki
- Follow Helena on Goodreads
- Sarah J. Maas, a favorite author of Helena’s
- The Master and His Emissary by Iain McGilchrist
- Imaginable by Jane McGonigal
- Unsafe thinking by Jonah Sachs
- The war of art by Steven Pressfield
- The Carbon Almanac, a project initiated by Seth Godin
- The Practice by Seth Godin (check out the physical book and see if you can find Helena on the inside cover!)
- Turning Pro by Steven Pressfield
- Seeding generosity, a ‘Time and attention’-piece bymy dear friend Alison Coates and me
- A slice of Swedish hospitality
- The Tankespjärn-community over on Patreon