“Mr. Franz, I think careers are a 20th century invention and I don’t want one.” (Into the Wild) I love this quote and I love the attitude. Here is a young man who does not want to be sucked in to the establishment. Bought by the promise of more money, more possessions, of power, influence, and security. He doesn’t fight the system that has created the concept of a ‘career’, he doesn’t try to convince people who believe in it, instead he say: I don’t want one. You can have it.

Isn’t that so much more relaxed, so much more zen? So much less draining?

Today we visited a very sick person in Blanchardstown’s St Francis’ Hospice. It reminded me that doing things right is possible. It is a place that is so good you have to pinch yourself to make sure you’re not dreaming.

I sometimes pinch myself to remind me that what is happening to me, to us, is real.