I am reading my second book of Simone De Beauvoir and finding it exceedingly stimulating. This woman has really lived. In All Said and Done she writes:
“I called out for life and welcomed it. My search often led me into blind alleys. But I also made some most rewarding discoveries. And this attitude of mine increased my chances of a decisive encounter.”
She has travelled widely; read deeply and written profoundly. She packs so much into each day living it to the full.
Do you handle life carelessly? Do you allow inertia to rob you of opportunities? Do you waste time when you should be using it more profitably?
My role as a writer and consultant is to stimulate life in people. I am sent to shatter the comfortable routine and to awake people to a new awareness of this precious gift of time.
In order to do this effectively I must be alive to creative opportunities – to discover places, people, purposes. It is so easy to think shallow and to become a refugee in simple answers and easy philosophies. Life is not about simple answers – it is about torrential discovery.
I looked at the stars
Millions of them
Glowing white lights
beaming through the
black canopy of space.
Millions upon millions of stars
living and dying
thrusting out from the
grasp and beat of time.
So many stars
Not one has ever been
touched by a human
hand or foot.
They were there before
I was born.
They will be there
long after I am dust.
I will never, ever
Birth and death are the bookends of existence.
Life is a fascinating experience. A delightful theme to contemplate. It is so finite.
One of the advantages that comes with times of solitude and reflection is that it forces us to face the deep issues of being and becoming. Ideally this time of reflection should be made in a place that is open to the earth and sky. Horizons are wonderful for the eyes and also for the spirit.
Does your spirit long to soar and break free? Do you want to taste more of life – to touch it, feel it, knead it, drink it and experience its vibrant essence? I order to do this you need to think long and hard about what you want and to also take some good notes so that you can remember the detail of your deliberations.
Simone De Beavoir is an inspiration. She opens up so many possibilities. She reminds me of my two great friends Niels and Beulah in Sydney. They inspire me because they live deep. They never offer cheap answers. They do not peddle cliches. They move through life with reverence for its mysteries. They are thinking people full of a lovely compassion.
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