Zen and the art of the Policy Officer

You don’t have to spend decades in a Buddhist monastery staring at a wall to get enlightenment.

Become a Policy Officer in a Local Authority!

Here are 3 Eastern concepts I have become fully conversant with due to following the austere calling of the Policy Officer , and you can too! No need for walls!


Mono-no-aware

”  “the pathos of things,”  or “an empathy toward things,” or “a sensitivity to ephemera,” is a Japanese term for the awareness of impermanence (無常 mujō?), or transience of things, and a gentle sadness (or wistfulness) at their passing.”

laccy

also frequently translated as “the ‘ahh-ness’ of things”


Mottainai

” a Japanese term conveying a sense of regret concerning waste when the intrinsic value of an object or resource is not properly used”

flipchart

I have bluetack in my pocket and I am wicked-mad for sticking things on walls


Wabi-sabi

” the Japanese art of finding beauty in imperfection and profundity in nature, of accepting the natural cycle of growth, decay, and death. It’s simple, slow, and uncluttered-and it reveres authenticity above all.”

mug

the endless natural cycle of growth and decay inevitably led to a mug-free 2013

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