5. Knowledge

We want to understand; “life means for us constantly to transform into light and flame all that we are or meet with”; we are like Mitya in The Brothers Karamazov – “one of those who don’t want millions, but an answer to their questions”; we want to seize the value and perspective of passing things, and so to pull ourselves up out of the maelstrom of daily circumstance. We want to know that the little things are little, and the big things big, before it is too late;”

 

The Story of Philosophy – Will Durant

 

I think it’s routine and habit that sometimes have a blinding effect on my soul. Don’t you ever feel like you’re just “going through the motions?” Well, that’s the blindness I’m talking about. It’s not a debilitating or obvious blindness, but rather one that’s hidden in the subterfuge of activity. And it’s only when my sense of beauty is reawakened that I realize I’ve been lost.

 

Day 5 Guide:

 

Make it your daily habit to break routine. Do something out the ordinary today, something to remind yourself of the beauty that’s so easily forgotten. Take a vacation from the daily paper and the newscasts. Send an email or letter to an old friend and think about opening channels of thought that could be important starting points for creative opportunity.

 

© 2005, Levi Hill

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