2020 has turned many of us into philosophers! We’ve often spent moments staring out of the windows or gazing at the night sky ruminating on the meaning of life or it’s absence. Nietzsche once observed when things are going well, we tend not to bother with the how’s or the why’s of our delight. Pain, though, makes philosophers of us all?!
We’ve been using our enforced quasi-leisure to embark on a reflective state of mind, indulging in a self-care journey. Hearing conversations like “an appreciation we can’t take anything for granted”, “acknowledging the incredible power & fragility of nature”,”crisis putting everything into perspective with an enhanced awareness of community”, “an overwhelming spirit of gratitude”, “a wish for compassionate giving”, “sparks of creative inspiration to pursue our passions”, “an understanding of the essence of peace, presence & positivity”, “re-discovering joy in simple pleasures”, “respect for the irreplaceable value of freedom, family, flow & faith”.
Ultimately, at heart, a sensitive prayer to grant us the serenity to accept the things we cannot change, the courage to change the things we can and the wisdom to know the difference – a classic piece of stoic philosophy!