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Savouring my recollections of the SOL Summer Retreat, one of the phrases that lingers in my mind is Paul Z's: "I could live like this". "Me too!", I thought, "yet, the retreat will be over soon." It was Friday afternoon, returning from the hot springs with Remo at the wheel of the mini bus. On Saturday, my dear friend and colleague Liselotte and I were talking and driving for hours non stop, and we sort of promised ourselves to live and work like this. The question is of course: what is "this" and how can we have more of it? My answer is to pretend that I am on a retreat all the time and see everybody as a co-retreater. Therefore: taking care of the well being of others, sharing what I have, looking for what others can share, enjoy what emerges, live without judgement or competition but accept and stimulate the other's thinking, discovering the beauty of a pause, not doing, not worrying but trusting that everybody is in for a good and relevant time together, to devote our time to happiness instead of sadness. In short: to be happy dogs as much as we can and to rely on others to be our happy dogs whenever we are in need of them.

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Comment by Nicoline Wackerberg on September 5, 2010 at 13:15
Hi Anton,

Thank you for the inspiring words. Just for now I am in the middle of two different worlds. I study at the university and there is "the rule" of statistics measurements, prove your thesis and come with statistic evidence. I am trying to find a way of combining the two worlds. Measurements and analysis have a high value in the academic world. It is interesting, sometimes difficult to have a feet in both perspectives, sometimes it confuses me a lot but I learned: To be confused is the best possible state for an expert to be on. So I start to enjoy my confusions. It is good for me to read your words and stay awake as a retreater. Good reminder! Lisselott your book make me curious I will start reading soon!I am also a fan of developping contexts.TX Hug Nicoline
Comment by Sussan Öster on September 2, 2010 at 17:02
soooo true Anton. You put it in such a true and clever way that it helps me to go on "retreating". The fun thing is that my emidiate need when I came home to Sweden was to call my stepson and ask him if I could borrow his lovely, extremly cute, relaxed and always happy and qurious dog, the little French bulldog puppy Fedor. I enjoy his company extremly!!! Actually he looks like a little tiger but acts like a happy dog! Love Sussan
Comment by Liselotte Baeijaert on August 30, 2010 at 16:45
Fantastic Anton, how you found words for what we shared, and so many other retreaters shared.

I am reading "the art of possibility (Zander)" - (and really really like this!). He makes the distinction between the "world of measurements", where there is competition, assesments, survival, standards, comparisons and the world of possibility: "Let us suppose, now, that the universe of possibility stretches beyond the world of measurement to include all worlds: infinite, generative and abundant. In the realm of possibility, we gain our knowledge by invention. We decide that the essence of a child is joy, and joy she is. Our small business attracts the label, "The Can-Do company", and that is exactly who we are. We speak with the awareness that language creates categories of meaning that open up new worlds to explore. Life appears as variety, pattern, and shimmering movement, inviting us in every moment to engage. The pie is enormous and if you take a slice, the pie is whole again. The action in a universe of possibiity may be characterized as generative, or giving, in all senses of that word -producing new life, creating new ideas, consciously endowing with meaning, contributing, yielding to the power of contexts. The relationship between people and environments is highlighted, not the people and things themselves.(...)"

Yes, I could live like that too... and the spirit of SOL is very much a spirit of possibility, that's what I am so grateful for.
Comment by Elta Boshard on August 30, 2010 at 12:52
WOW Anton and my dear friend Liselotte, this is so making me feel I was there a bit more than just in spirit. Thanks - I'm going to print this for my journal.
I'm in - happy to accept and embrace your ideas!
Comment by Stephanie von Bidder on August 30, 2010 at 12:47
mmmh! This sounds very inspiring, relaxing and somehow energetic! Thanks Anton

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