MINDSET

CHANGING NEEDS CREATIVITY

“Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.” – Leo Tolstoy Something is definitely true in Tolstoy’s quote and certainly many people would agree on this saying. Changing is hard and needs a commitment most people struggle to find and a constant motivation most people struggle to maintain. I was…

REMARKS

Any fool can know, the point is to understand. – Albert Einstein Long story short: you are in a meeting and make a remark to one of your colleagues and he gets defensive and doesn’t seem to get it. How many times have you struggled with people who seem not to get the point and…

TAKE YOUR TIME

Some people see things that are and ask, Why? Some people dream of things that never were and ask, Why not? Some people have to go to work and don’t have time for all that. George Carlin Time starts. Somehow, at a certain point, it just does and then it starts flowing indelicately and without…

FEELING UNBORN

“Enjoy the sound of silence” Timothy Salter, Reflections in Short Poetry As he entered that place he was surprised by the silence reigning there as if the dimension of sound had never existed. He focused and listened to the silence. It had different notes compared to what he was used to. It was smooth just as…

ESTABLISHING SOMETHING NEW

And the distinction between violent and non-violent action is that the former is exclusively bent upon the destruction of the old, and the latter is chiefly concerned with the establishment of something new. Hannah Arendt I keep waking up in a world going mad. Every night I go to sleep not wishing tomorrow will be…

Mother

“At eight, he had once told his mother that he wanted to paint air.” Vladimir Nabokov At a certain point in her life she felt a strange need, one that she had not felt before but related to an idea instilled in her mind since her youth. She felt the need to become a mother,…

RAINBOW

“Never lose hope. Storms make people stronger and never last forever.” Roy T. Bennett, The Light in the Heart Another rainy day in Geneva. I hate it when the weather is bad. Everything seems so gloomy. You can’t even say it looks like fall as all the surrounding nature reminds you the contrary. Yes, it’s just…

HOLD

“Looking like soldiers waiting to drown And I’m not around no more Pictures of people that don’t make a sound When music’s around, stay warm” Simon Charles Green, No reason (Bonobo ft. Nick Murphy) I pressed the button hold and the world was on standby for what seemed an eternity. Time: months, days, hours, minutes,…

UNUSUAL EASTER

The Pope had just finished celebrating the mass yesterday when I called my Nonna to say happy Easter: “Hey Nonna! Happy Easter! How are you?” “Hey sweetheart! I’m fine, Happy Easter to you too! Have you seen the Pope? He’s just finished celebrating the mass, I’ve watched it on TV… The basilica was empty… Reality…

SPRING DELIGHT

Sometimes, the only realists are the dreamers. Paul Wellstone Who would have ever thought I was going to spend Easter here in Switzerland? Well WE, I should say: the whole world is spending it in a confinement of some sort wether they are celebrating or not… The thing is I think I always made it…

CONFINEMENT

“Are you gonna be ok Ms Moon?” he asked. “I think I will…” she said with a smile that wanted to be sincere despite the sadness in her eyes. “You know” she continued “I’ve been worse, I’ve touched the highest point of degradation a human being could bare… I’ve walked naked in the street! Do…

Summer 1996

“Being unwanted, unloved, uncared for, forgotten by everybody, I think that is a much greater hunger, a much greater poverty than the person who has nothing to eat.”  Mother Theresa My father often talked to me about his childhood. A childhood made of economical uncertainty and poverty. The daily struggle of my grandfather to find…

FRUSTRATION

“I feel as if I were a piece in a game of chess, when my opponent says of it: That piece cannot be moved.” Soren Kierkegaard Not an easy philosopher and certainly not a very loved one. Soren, my friend, no other description would represent the way I feel right now… Frustration is the right…

REALITY

“I want things to go back the way they were” My colleague Zoe I must have fallen asleep at 9:30 p.m. yesterday evening. I was watching a new TV series on netflix, which seems the only thing to do nowadays in the evening aside from video-calls… The series was actually quite interesting, I could write…

COVID-19

Athens was destroyed by the fear of the plague, not by the plague Thucydides 430 B.C. Home alone. No, I’m not going to talk about the movie. I’m just home alone tonight and it’s hard to go to sleep with everything that is going on around me. I probably should be going to sleep considering…

LOOKING FOR GABRIELLA

Te regalo yo mis ojos Mis cabellos y mi boca Y hasta el aire que respiro Yo, mi vida, te regalo… G. Ferri, P. Pintucci Finally home. I was travelling all day. Well, actually I was travelling for a while and now I feel I came back as if I finished designing a new circle….

LETTER FROM MOSCOW

I am not strange. I am just not normal. Salvador Dali Moscow, XX February 2020 Dear Mrs. Y., It’s been a few hours since we’ve said goodbye. Well not a real goodbye unfortunately, something I know I will always regret. Our paths separated yesterday but I do know that you are loved and that people…

SPEEDY BERLIN

The greatest cultural extravaganza that one could imagine. David Bowie A sudden change of plans lead me to book a 48 hours trip to Berlin. Of course, leaving in the evening after work, I booked a priority pass at the airport in order to get through security as fast as possible, I took a taxi…

FALL IS HERE AGAIN

“There is something incredibly nostalgic and significant about the annual cascade of autumn leaves.” Joe L. Wheeler I’m not usually a big fun of fall. It’s that period of the year when the days start to become shorter, the temperature starts to drop, the sun gets covered by clouds more often and the rain starts…

LUMINESCENCE MOMENT

It was 10 o’clock in the morning and he was still lying down on a cold bed in the dark shadow that the curtains provided. It was actually a one of those sunny days and fall was just starting. His gaze seemed lost, as if he didn’t know exactly where he was or what he…

OKTOBERFEST

“I don’t think I’ve drunk enough beer to understand that.” Terry Pratchett 50 minutes seemed like a few seconds on the plane yesterday. Geneva to Munich in less than one hour. I didn’t have enough time to realise we had taken off and we were already landing in Germany. In Munich for the first time…

JUMP INTO THE PAST

“I admired then, on the bottom of the water filling the port, a certain quantity of squared tombs almost all without their covers…” Emmanuele Mola I’ve always found archeological sites fascinating. The first one I visited was the Acropolis in Athens. I was 8 years old and felt so small in front of the Parthenon….

WALK UNDER THE STARS

“For my part I know nothing with any certainty, but the sight of the stars makes me dream.” Vincent Van Gogh Gradually the darkness invaded the sky. The hot afternoon sun slowly hid beneath the horizon line separating the sea from the sky. As the sunlight slowly diminished the stars became to shine. A beautiful…

SAILING

“When I’m out sailing, I don’t wonder what heaven is like because I know.” Anthony T. Hincks The sky was slightly clouded and the sun seemed to be hesitating between the clouds as if shyness had taken over in a lusty august afernoon. The wind, on the other hand, seemed to break through any kind…

CHILDHOOD DREAM

“You cannot kill a breeze, a wind, a fragrance; you cannot kill a dream or an ambition.” Michel Onfray The birds are singing again, another day is rising. The sunlight slowly penetrates through the window that was accidentally left a bit open yesterday evening. The cotton sheets caress my skin and I’m not quite sure…

COUNTRYSIDE

“The glory of gardening: hands in the dirt, head in the sun, heart with nature. To nurture a garden is to feed not just on the body, but the soul.” Alfred Austin Not really an early morning as commonly referred to by those living in the country, but still an early morning for me… A…

LET THE FUN BEGIN

“A vacation is having nothing to do and all day to do it in.“ Robert Orben Summer has started since a few months now even though its beginning seemed quite turbulent. Finally the sun came out the days got warmer and warmer as my routine got harder and harder. These pas few months have been…

PROGRESS (?)

“These times are too progressive. Everything has changed too fast. Railroads and telegraphs and kerosene and coal stoves — they’re good to have but the trouble is, folks get to depend on ’em.”  Laura Ingalls Wilder, The Long Winter A man kept alive with a technological device. An essential machine. A survivor, one would say. An…

MOM IS SUDDENLY HERE

“I decided I’m coming to visit. I’ll be there tomorrow morning!” my Mother Improvising has always been one of my mom’s best qualities, especially when it comes to travelling. We have travelled a lot as a family, when me and my siblings were kids. Most of the time the trip was the journey and the…

VISIT IDEAS

“Someday, men will visit ideas instead of places.” Toba Beta, My Ancestor Was an Ancient Astronaut Beneath our feet. Beneath that solid ground that seems so important to us. That same ground on which we stand. Ground, Earth, Soil with which our feet are constantly in contact. Imagination runs wild thinking of the layers under my…

GENEVA PRIDE

Sexually progressive cultures gave us literature, philosophy, civilization and the rest, while sexually restrictive cultures gave us the Dark Ages and the Holocaust. Alan Moore, 25,000 Years of Erotic Freedom Geneva has never been as colorful as this past week. The Geneva Pride has started on June 29th and ends today. For seven days rainbow…

GOODBYE KOSICE

“You can’t go home again” Thomas Wolfe Nostalgic thoughts are crowding my mind as I look out the window on the bus, I am riding to Budapest airport. The memories of the people I met, the friends I made, the adventures I lived, the sad periods I went through, the joy shared with those that…

CONGRATULATIONS MASSI!

“Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.” Winston Churchill Six years have gone by, and they passed so fast that it seems incredible today to be here in Kosice for your graduation ceremony! Six years ago, you were very brave! It takes a lot of courage…

GOOD LUCK

It’s time to say goodbye, but I think goodbyes are sad and I’d much rather say hello. Hello to a new adventure. Ernie Harwell Four years ago, I just now realise and it just seems unbelievable! Yes, four years have passed since the day we met and a beautiful friendship was born… In a surreal…

SUNDAY IN LEUKERBADT

“Sweet life continues in the breeze, in the golden fields.” Jack Kerouac, Book of Sketches I woke up, a first time, with the sun trying to shine through the stores of the bedroom and enlightening lightly the space. Of course, I went back to sleep at first, but the sunlight became slowly more intense and…

MEDIEVAL NIGHT

I like to fly close to the edge. I like to play with fire. Dean Ambrose Yesterday evening I decided to visit my sister in Martigny, a cute little town in Valais surrounded by green mountains, given the season. It’s always a pleasure to visit Valais. I love the scenery on the highway to get…

FIRST DAYS OF SUMMER

“Summer-induced stupidity. That was the diagnosis…” Aimee Friedman, Sea Change Unpredictability has been this years motto since spring started: a time of uncertainties, changes, variations. From hot to cold, dry to wet, sad to happy, sunny to cloudy… Nothing seemed reassuring anymore, just as if nature had lost that cyclic habit we had grown used…

ART BASEL

“Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.” Thomas Merton , No Man Is an Island Yesterday morning started as one of those days you just want to stay in bed under the soft sheets even if you are well awake and know something important is up. I finally managed…

SUSPENDED

Good composition is like a suspension bridge – each line adds strength and takes none away. Robert Henri The weather was uncertain, clouds were covering the sky and finally, as we were descending from our hotel to the lake, the sun came out. Everything suddenly looked beautiful. the nature was impressive. The grass was reflecting…

IMPRESSIONS

VISITING THUN AND INTERLAKEN A long weekend to explore a new part of Switzerland. Many options, one final destination chosen by pure chance. We arrived in Thun on saturday morning and after sometime spent in the traffic and trying not to get lost while driving I got off the car. The sight was spectacular, I…

WAVES

“Life is like the ocean. You can either be the ball floating on the waves, or make your own waves.” Oliver Gaspirtz Summer seems to be late this year, the weather has been quite lunatic alternating warm days and very cold ones as if no sequence was previously there. What has he been complaining about?…

MY AMERICAN EXPERIENCE

“I think there’s just one kind of folks. Folks.” Harper Lee, To kill a Mockingbird My American Experience started in august 2004 when I came to the US for the first time as an exchange student. I had dreamed of visiting the US since I was little. The symbol of this country to me was…

ONE YEAR AGO, TODAY

“To live in the hearts we leave behind is not to die.” Thomas Campbell I woke up from a turbulent night. Turbulent, that’s the word. My sleep was unquiet, had my subconscious taken over my mind? I woke up to remember… Turbulent. No adjective can describe the sea one year ago tonight. Turbulent. Just as…

THINKING HAS NO BORDERS

“La pensée n’a pas de frontières…” a 93 years old woman Louise was lying in her bed that afternoon. As usual she had not eaten all day. She kept staring at the black TV screen in front of her, interpreting the reflections as signs from above. Faith was what had saved her from an unfortunate…

THOUGHTS

“Thoughts without content are empty, intuitions without concepts are blind” Immanuel Kant I haven’t written for a while. I do not really know which impact that has. I’ve certainly kept in mind my ambition to share what I consider important experiences. I’ve not forgotten about this blog. At times everything seems to have priority and…

Waking up…

Soft sheets rubbing on my body, I do not quite understand where I am exactly. I start to hear the cars in the street, a few of them, passing once in a while as if a traffic light was letting them go at a set time. Tic, tac, tic, tac… a clock is the other…

NOTE TO SELF

Silence. I keep quiet. Not because I’ve got nothing to say, neither because I don’t think… I keep to myself, thinking I shouldn’t bother. No revelations, no news, I’m at the starting point: “what should I do”. I know what I feel and I don’t fear my feelings or my emotions. They can take their…

PERSPECTIVES

 “Even if the window is the same, not everyone looking out sees the same thing: the sight depends on the look” (Alda Merini) Our emotional and affective state plays a key role on the way we see what surrounds us and on our perception in general. Everyday we are exposed to new stimuli, new ideas,…

HAPPINESS IS A CHOICE

“Happiness is a choice that requires effort at times” (Aeschilus) There are people that choose to be happy. They know what happiness is to them and they make an effort to dedicate to such choice with loyalty and sacrifice. Others instead do not know what happiness is to themselves. They race looking for it, thinking…

About Me

Hi, I’m Leonardo Zullo. I’m a down to earth unstoppable dreamer, fundamentally idealist, necessarily pragmatic. Nevertheless fascinated by a touch of insanity I’m looking for an instant worth a life…

Praise of folly is a constantly developing concept focusing on alternative thinking, traveling and art.

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