“Maybe that’s enlightenment enough: to know that there is no final resting place of the mind; no moment of smug clarity. Perhaps wisdom... is realizing how small I am, and unwise, and how far I have yet to go.”
“Surround yourself with the things you love. Discard the Rest.”
Life’s too short. We hear it all the time. But is it simply age or length of life that constitutes time well spent? Or is it breadth of Life? Wisdom is a knowing that doesn’t necessarily equate with age, so who’s to say? We can only all agree that Life is too precious, and that no man is an island—and that there is currently a feeling out-in-the-ether that we are wasting time.
What is absolutely true is that we are all in this together, and with this in mind, there simply have to be ground rules. Secular commandments that apply to all of us. Practical ideals that encourage flow, and compassion, and mutual respect.
As Humanity continues the work of ironing out the kinks of sharing a planet, empathy matters. Civility matters.
Here are a few titles that offer a template of sorts. The first two are classics well worth revisiting for those of you already familiar with them. The third is a subtle nod to the old adage, “You can’t take it with you.”
Acknowledge. Cultivate. Refine. All three will enrich your Summer.
The Road Less Travelled. By M. Scott Peck
Discipline. Attention. Candor. Purposefulness. Psychiatrist and author M. Scott Peck contends that regular and honest confrontation with the Self is the path to cultivating a disciplined and balanced approach to life. The Road Less Traveled is a courageous and unselfconscious examination of human nature and motivation. It incorporates wisdom from the authors own very personal struggles, as well insights gleaned from his professional practice. Peck’s perspectives on Love are worthy of a book all their own.
The Seat of The Soul. By Gary Zukav
Gary Zukav is a visionary gentle giant who suggests that understanding and cultivating authentic power is an evolutionary requirement. The Seat of The Soul explores the concepts of personal-choice, Soul-full-ness, and urges us to reconsider what personal authority looks like. Zukav offers us a thoughtful, quiet, yet provocative voice in a world where chaos often clouds our vision.
Spark Joy: An Illustrated Master Class on the Art of Organizing and Tidying Up. By Marie Kondo
Spark Joy is the illustrated companion guide to Marie Kondo’s bestselling book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing. To some, these books read like guerilla-style purging manifestos. To others, they offer sound, practical guidance on developing and maintaining momentum and rhythm towards establishing the habit of mindful organization. The art of choosing what to surround oneself with proves no small task in a World with so much to distract us from what really matters—what sparks, joy.