Tuesday, October 21, 2008


In the middle of August, David Heinemeier Hansson twittered this:
Lars Pind is doing video coaching: http://coachtvblog.com/?p=3 -- good thoughts on probability and significance. 4:59 PM Aug 16th
Since that date, I have been following Lars Pind's fantastic video blog, CoachTV.

I think it's hard to analyze yourself from the outside. Reminds me of a quote of Richard Feynman, the 1965 Nobel prize winner in physics:
"The first principle is that you must not fool yourself—and you are the easiest person to fool."
It's hard to summarize what Pind's message is, so I rather not try. Instead, I want to re-post a comment that I did on one of his episodes. What triggered me to post the comment was that Pind talked about eating and that the next time the viewer ate something, he/she should try to really look at the food, feel the texture, slowly swallow, feel the taste, etc, etc. You get the picture? Obviously, the overall "taste experience" is not only about always eating good food, but rather that it is up to you, if you bother to enjoy it or not. Made me think about music:
Lars, you said that when we eat or drink something, we should try to feel the taste and texture more. That reminded me of the composer John Cage, who had the same opinion about sound. His most famous piece is “4′33″, which is 4 minutes and 33 seconds of silence, written for piano. In summary, Cage had the opinion that there’s music everywhere, but it’s up to us to listen to it. So, even rush hour traffic can be music. Or when it’s so quiet that you can hear our own blood flow and pulse.

It’s up to ourselves to broaden our senses and perspectives, so that we can enjoy the music in our everyday life, also when sound is not involved per se.
Could it be that the same reasoning goes for your other sensations and feelings as well? If not, why?

Note: I actually wrote this post before watching episode #26 of CoachTV, where Lars asks the viewers to "tell our friends" about his show. Just thought you should know that.. :)

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