Some interesting questions to ponder

15-May-2018

Some great and thoughtful questions by Marc Chernoff. Worth thinking about again and again

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Life

28-April-2018

Life presents itself first and foremost as a task: the task of maintaining itself, the task of earning one’s living. If this task is accomplished, what has been gained is a burden, and there then appears a second task: that of doing something with it so as to ward off boredom, which hovers over every secure life like a bird of prey. Thus the first task is to gain something and the second to become unconscious of what has been gained, which is otherwise a burden.
~ Arthur Schopenhauer
This Arthur Schopenhauer has some interesting quotes. Like Jean Rhys, maybe worth a read.

Beautiful Quote

21-April-2018

We can’t all be happy, we can’t all be rich, we can’t all be lucky – and it would be so much less fun if we were. There must be the dark background to show up the bright colours.
~ Jean Rhys

Such Power

10-April-2018

“Just let it be. You may as well; it is. Everything moves in and out at its own time. You have no control. You never did; you never will.”
~ Byron Katie

Mindful Awareness

29-March-2018

The article is a lovely read. Once sentence in it reminds me of the film, Leap Year. “…and treat every day like it was the first time, and the last…”. Only, in the film, they were talking about kissing.

Words of Wisdom

27-March-2018

Some wonderful words of wisdom worth remembering again and again.

The Price of Freedom is Lonliness

24-February-2018

A VERY interesting article in The Atlantic by Julie Beck. Something I think I need to read a couple of times to get the whole picture but one I definitely agree with. Anthony Giddens’ “pure relationship” sounds about right.

A Book of Silence – Sara Maitland

7-January-2018

I have not read this book but I have read this article from the Guardian which gives one an idea of what the book is about. A no holds barred (“bard”) look at life away from modern society, alone with just ones thoughts. Possibly scary stuff. Sara Maitland’s book sounds like it might be an interesting read.

Moving

22-December-2017

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about moving to somewhere more conducive to leading a peaceful life. I know it’s who you are and not where you are that matters but something more conducive to that quiet direction may help. Declutter, so to speak. I have some land in mind which I’m going to see. Stick on a livable container and rent out my current place, using the money from that to live on. 6 years to go until my commitment to society ends. 6 years to plan.

Lost

16-December-2017

Back in Feb 2016 I wrote a post about the 9 steps to live by. In that, number 7 was to “Make my own path in life”. I wrote these steps down back in 2005 after building them up over time since the early 80’s when my character was forming. Perhaps, really, when you think about it, since birth back in ‘64. I’m that old.
Very happily, in 2012, I strayed from my path. For the first time, fell deeply, madly and very stupidly “in love” and followed another’s path for 1 year. At the end of the loving relationship we split but remain good friends, to this day.
I was utterly lost.
Unfortunately, being the kind of person I am, I cannot move on. I have tried and failed a few times to get back to my own path. To be who I was supposed to be.
I am still lost.
Back in 2013, in an alternate blog, I wrote the following comment.
“I understand why people have to avoid their partners when their relationship ends. It’s so their heart doesn’t break”.
People have this self preservation and have to avoid, get angry or even end up hating their partners. They don’t really hate. I cannot believe people could go from loving to hating. I can certainly see love fading away but going from love to hate in a very short time doesn’t ring true unless it’s for self preservation. You cannot love them so you have to hate. You have to break away from their love in order to survive and move on. To avoid your heart breaking.
So this is where I am.
I cannot hate.
My heart is broken.
I look for peace.
It’s 5 years on.
…and I still love her.