Like a stream of water in a quiet woodland, life ebbs and flows. At times, it moves slowly — so slowly that you think the world is moving on without you. And all of a sudden, everything seems to be happening all at once.
There is a certain beauty to life that can only be felt in absence. The novelty and hopefulness and vibrancy of life is often only seen when all that’s left is a memory. The bitter taste of a time long gone by is like an open wound that demands to be felt — and in that feeling is what it means to be human. We suffer willingly knowing that our suffering will one day come to an end. And in the accumulation of our bumps and bruises and open wounds, we write our story.
So let life ebb and flow, and take the bumps and bruises with a joyful openness and with relish.
📸 Photo of the Week
📖 Book of the Week — Washington: A Life by Ron Chernow
This mammoth biography of the first President of the United States gives a comprehensive, cradle-to-the-grave portrait of one of the most important figures of the American Revolution and the early USA. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Biography in 2011 and a worthy recommendation for anyone interested in American history.
💭 Quote of the Week
The acceptance of oneself is the essence of the whole moral problem and the epitome of a whole outlook on life. That I feed the hungry, that I forgive an insult, that I love my enemy in the name of Christ — all these are undoubtedly great virtues. What I do unto the least of my brethren, that I do unto Christ. But what if I should discover that the least among them all, the poorest of all the beggars, the most impudent of all the offenders, the very enemy himself — that these are within me, and that I myself stand in need of the alms of my own kindness — that I myself am the enemy who must be loved — what then?
🔭 Sunday Best
Ronaldinho Joga Bonito — a classic footy video. If you know you know.
On Being Vulgar Middle Class — an essay on jealousy, poverty and inheritance.
Anti-Libraries: The Power of Unread Books — buying books and readings books are two different hobbies.
💡 Food for Thought
One does not need to be wise or philosophical to do glorious things.
Until next time,