“Beauty is the illumination of your soul.”
― John O’Donohue, Anam Cara: A Book of Celtic Wisdom
In a strange way this quote doesn’t relate directly to the threat of death and sorrow, but indirectly it has very much to do with it.
It makes me feel, as I read it, that Soul exists – that I am Soul.… Read more
Saw an interview with a musician who lost his wife in a heart-wrenching accident: She fell at their home, through a glass door, and died of blood loss.
It struck me: ‘What would I say to such a man if we were to meet?’
Is it possible to say anything? I dearly would want to.… Read more
Spoke with my oldest friend, M, today on the phone. It was good, but as usual it was also bad.
His mother is very ill and has been for many years. He sounded exhausted.
Like this was, literally, a dead end.
I understand the feeling very well. Nothing to do but wait for the inevitable.… Read more
I gave up writing novels last year.
I had tried since the early 1990s to write a novel and each time I had failed.
So I finally admitted that I was simply not cut out for that. And moved on.
It was a relief.
It was the right decision.
Now … as we were on the train home today, Char and I, from visiting my parents over the New Year, I was thinking about death.… Read more
For every instance of grief and hopelessness, every experience of it, there is an opportunity to do some good elsewhere. This opportunity is, in a sense, fueled by the sorrow of the very situation that seems so devoid of any ‘good’.
The opportunity arises if enough energy can be mustered, from the insistence on bringing balance in one’s perspective … which can be done when one is ready.… Read more