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Dad used to do aikido when he was younger. He would do these dramatic aikido forward rolls across the floor to entertain me and my brother Will.


These days, his most common advice is ‘roll with the punches’ – so common that it merits motto status.


My dad is actually a clever engineer who might well disagree with this assessment. He often disagrees with my version of things and calls me a ‘fantasist!’ regularly, but he IS definitely zen in the way he approaches tasks with slow careful kindness.