Emerging doubts …

… are not nice, of course. But if you look at them more closely, they are not such a bad way to start thinking about what you are doing right now and what you want to do in the future. To prevent your reflections from turning into musings, it is important to talk about them with others and to inform yourself. For this purpose, the central student advisory service is offering a digital theme day on Feb. 11, 2021. The Career Service will be there. The program can be found here: https://www.uni-siegen.de/zsb/psychologische/infoveranstaltung.html

Using creative methods: The snow on my small terrace as a whiteboard.

Outside I see the melting snow …

… and that makes me think of René Descartes and his „Discours de la méthode“, containing an autobiographic episode, where he describes how he, just passing through a small village near Ulm, prevented from continuing his journey by the unusually severe winter of 1619, found the leisure to contemplate his thoughts as he was enclosed all day alone in a small warm room.

Currently in the home office, browsing my home bookshelves, Descartes’ book fell into my hand and I got stuck on the little green volume, the bilingual edition of Felix Meiner Verlag.

Descartes contemplative time of leisure was the impetus for a text that, first published in 1637, has left its mark in the history of philosophy. Today, for me, in my profession as a counselor, it is an impulse to trust one’s own thinking, one’s own judgment, and to encourage the people I counsel to do the same.

Here are a few links as a suggestion to continue browsing and thinking about independent thinking and the impulses it can give one, for the diverse shaping of one’s own life path.
Text editions freely available on the net:

The French original: https://fr.wikisource.org/wiki/Discours_de_la_m%C3%A9thode/%C3%89dition_Adam_et_Tannery

A German translation: https://www.textlog.de/descartes-methode.html

And an English translation at gutenberg.org (only available if you don’t have a German IP): https://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/59

And then tow interesting pages:
The transcript (in German) of a Deutschlandfunk radio broadcast: https://www.deutschlandfunk.de/descartes-und-der-schnee.700.de.html?dram:article_id=81434

And an article (in German) about a conference in Ulm: Artikel über eine Tagung in Ulm im Jahr 2019: https://www.uni-ulm.de/universitaet/hochschulkommunikation/presse-und-oeffentlichkeitsarbeit/unimagazin/online-ausgabe-uni-ulm-intern/uni-ulm-intern-nr-351-februar-2020/descartes/

He would regard himself as „cautiously optimistic“ …

… was a colleagues answer, to my question about his expectations for the coming 2021. The look of the little good-luck pigs on the office desk seem to say just that. The picture was taken before the Christmas lockdown at the Career Services office. The transparent bags were part of the package for employees, a small substitute for the Christmas party, combined with good wishes for a new year.