Since I started my Weekend Reads more than 94 weeks ago, no question this time is the most challenging. We are all facing so many unknowns, with a potential reordering of the world as we know it, so if you are really struggling, it’s OK to step back from the news if it’s crushing your spirit.
As someone who isn’t stepping away, this is how I cope and I want to offer it to you, in case it’s of value. I never sit in fear of the worst possible scenario, because there are many potential outcomes. I believe if you can try and focus your energy and attention on the great possibilities, it’s a lot easier to cope.
There’s an old saying: where the attention goes, the energy flows, and focusing on the most fearful outcome won’t change anything, it just makes life harder. Many believe our thoughts create our reality, and this isn’t just for individuals, but could also make a difference globally. You may think that’s rubbish, but I’ll tell you something, it’s a lot better to be in this mindset.
As I’ve been watching my community across social media, the feeling of uselessness is strong. I mean what can we do? I suggest taking hope from the amazing unity we’re seeing across the world, and perhaps this is the time we regain trust in our governments? We haven’t seen this level of unity in a long time. For me, it’s a good part of the story during a dark time, and it’s on our leaders to navigate the best outcome for this time.
One shining light is President Zelensky, as well as his wife, Olena Zelenska. The president is showing great courage and is an example to the world of what true leadership looks like. From my perspective, Zelensky is a man who has seized his moment and I don’t believe Putin expected that. I hope his influence and example ripples out around the world and encourages other great people to step up and seize their moments too, because we have many challenges to overcome.
Look out for A Prayer for Volodymyr Zelensky in The Atlantic.
No question, none of us know what’s coming and it’s an incredibly unstable time. One thing we do know is that the world is now different and it could take years or even decades before we know what that will look like and how it will impact us.
Of course, the nuclear side of this war is very challenging to take on board. From all I’ve read over the years, if this war goes nuclear, it’s the end of life on this planet. Yes, end. We can’t afford nuclear war. Just read the IPCC Report below.
I suppose we must ask ourselves: is Putin capable of doing that? And that’s what we don’t know, because Putin is coming across as unrelenting, but that’s also the game of war. He also appears not to have given himself an exit, so what is he willing to do? What’s his plan? What about his advisors? And the Oligarch’s suffering the impact? Not to mention the Russian people.
We just don’t know. All I can do is believe in the goodness of the human spirit, which is why I really resonate with the idea: where there’s life there’s hope. We have so much uncertainty ahead, so protect your mind and heart if it’s just too much, but remember, where there’s life there’s hope. Our global society can rise to this moment and create a better world. We can, but for now, it’s hard. Take care of yourselves.
Friend’s content and mine
Caring Over Conflict: Why the IB Learner Profile is needed now more than ever – great piece from a school leader, Jason McBride. I am so happy my two boys are benefitting from this very special education.
40 Over 40 – The World’s Most Inspiring Women – congratulation to Susanna Hasenoehrl for making in onto the list of the world’s most inspiring women. I am so proud of you.
A social leader is in tune with the world’s moments – a blog I wrote this week about participating in alignment with your audience on social media, because if you don’t, you may struggle to keep the respect of your audience.
Self-worth – what is it, how do we lose it and how can we get it back (part 1) – and my first podcast with Cathy Johnson on self-worth. If this is something you struggle with, please do have a listen. We would love to know your feedback too.
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Content to read
And here’s the content I’ve been reading this last week. Scan the headlines, read the ones that jump out at you, read or watch them all. Knowledge is power, and global knowledge is even more powerful.
Global politics – focus on Ukraine
Main news and opinions
Browder on Putin: When You Believe Your Time Is Almost Up, You Start a War | Amanpour and Company – tks Vicky Coburn
Sky News team’s harrowing account of their violent ambush in Ukraine this week tks Andrew Psarianos
ASEAN needs to uphold principles, not neutrality, in Ukraine war tks Karsten Warnecke
World turns its back on Russia: Astonishing moment diplomats WALK OUT as Kremlin minister tells disarmament conference Russia was forced to invade Ukraine to ‘stop them getting nuclear weapons’ tks Teressa Bayes
Why is Ukraine the West’s Fault? Featuring John Mearsheimer – tks Avi Liran
Russian talk show host claims Ukrainian nationalists are ‘annihilating locals’ in a ‘witch hunt’ after Putin’s ‘propagandist-in-chief’ threatened the West with nuclear destruction in another TV rant tks Teressa Bayes
Putin Forced To Fight On Multiple Fronts
Russia vetoes U.N. Security action on Ukraine as China abstains tks Karsten Warneche
Watch Rachel Maddow Highlights: Feb. 24 – tks Vicky Coburn
Putin’s Historic Miscalculation May Make Him A War Criminal tks Miguel Bernas
Cyberwarfare, business and technology
Silicon Valley Must Pull the Plug on the Kremlin tks Andrew Psarianos
My thoughts on war in Ukraine tks Muriel Muriel
Pattern Recognition. What’s behind the War in Ukraine. tks Damian Corbet
RUSSIA UKRAINE: What You Really Need To Know | John Mearsheimer // Putin, Crisis, NATO – tks Avi Liran
We Have Never Been Here Before tks Karsten Warnecke
History doesn’t start when Sky News arrives – tks Marco Leonceli
Ozzy Man Reviews: War in Ukraine – tks Steve Johnson
The Bad Guys Are Winning tks Wendy Tan
Wild weather warning tks Willie Wahlin
Business and technology
Social issues and humanity
Moët champagne bottles laced with fatal doses of Ecstasy tks Mireille Barber
Passion, humour, history
Dogs Are Getting Electrocuted on New York City Sidewalks tks Lex Johnson
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