Becoming an aesthete

Becoming an aesthete

Two weeks ago, in one of my numerous conference calls (dear lord they never end!), my cleverest colleague enthusiastically outburst: “I can't wait to gather all the best HR practices from our clients. There are going to be plenty of innovative practices arising from this lockdown experience.”  She marked a dramatic pause before carrying on:  [...]

I do not believe in karma or the law of attraction

I do not believe in karma or the law of attraction

When I was 28 years old and living in Singapore, I hung out with this American lady for a while. One afternoon, we were lounging around her pool discussing the next challenges we wanted to undertake. From society’s point of view, we hadn’t done too badly for ourselves. We were expats; financially independent in one [...]

Does life become boring once you are a mother ?

Does life become boring once you are a mother ?

'Life swings like a pendulum – backward and forward between pain and boredom.” Wrote our beloved German poodle-lover: Schopenhauer. At the center of this depressing picture is desire. Your feelings of desire will lead either to suffering, if they are not fulfilled, or boredom, once they have been fulfilled. This sentence actually goes further: it [...]

Damn! I am an adult

Damn! I am an adult

I am watching my younger colleagues strolling down the corridors, with their tight pores, their naturally high cheekbones, their sparks in their eyes. I am realizing that there can be an attempt to slow down the ravages of time with some Botox and fillers. But the vivid light coming from the eyes can never be [...]