I am not desponding by nature, and after a course of bitter mental discipline and long bodily seclusion, I come out with two learnt lessons (as I sometimes say and oftener feel),- the wisdom of cheerfulness- and the duty of social intercourse. Anguish has instructed me in joy, and solitude in society; it has been a wholesome and not unnatural reaction. And altogether, I may say that the earth looks the brighter to me in proportion to my own deprivations. The laburnum trees and rose trees are plucked up by the roots- but the sunshine is in their places, and the root of the sunshine is above the storms. What we call Life is a condition of the soul, and the soul must improve in happiness and wisdom, except by its own fault. These tears in our eyes, these faintings of the flesh, will not hinder such improvement. It seems to me from my personal experience that there is kindness everywhere in different proportions, and more goodness and tenderheartedness than we read of in the moralists.
~Elizabeth Barrett Browning
such fine details connect to what is true and pure and real and flowing….
inquiry for today~ what did you notice today that was tiny and amazing?
Within nature unfolds an expression of true beauty- one that still remains unfathomable to the human mind.
But really, life is indeed simple.
It takes a touch of genius to keep things simple. To avoid the details. To overlook the unnecessary. To do away with the trivial. To detach from rules and customs that no longer serve. To learn to let go when things lose relevance.
Imagine the warmth of a distant fire in our hearts- for each other. For our world. Imagine connectedness. Imagine simplicity.