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“When the road turns to the right, turn to the right! But if you are not happy with the road, turn to the left, leave the road! Find a new road; create a new path! Don’t follow the road on which you feel unhappy!”
This morning I was up very early for a change and I jumped at the occasion to go for a long walk before the predicted rain.
Even on the country side works are talking place. In my part of the country side the workers have kept themselves busy for months with what they call in French “renaturation” (to restore to an original or normal condition) of a river. Seeing all the material and the trucks on a standstill today, it made me think of the book by Alain de Botton I am reading at the moment.
Only de Botton can make us reflect on work chains we have never even thought of before. And he does it in his usual smart and witty way. Maybe Alain could actually come to my work place and find the right words which would make me smile when thinking on Sunday evening that tomorrow another week of work starts.
Judge for yourself:
Time is of the essence. At any given moment, half the contents of the warehouse are seventy-two hours away from being inedible, a prospect which prompts continuous struggles against the challenges of mould and geography…
Blind impatience is equally evident in the fruit section. Our ancestors might have delighted in the occasional handful of berries found on the underside of a bush in late summer, viewing it as a sign of the unexpected munificence of a divine creator, but we became modern when we gave up on awaiting sporadic gifts from above and sought to render any pleasing sensation immediately and repeatedly available…
The supermarket will never again let the shifting axis of the earth delay its audience’s dietary satisfactions: strawberries journey in from Israel in midwinter, from Morocco in February, from Spain in spring, from Holland in summer, from England in August and from the groves behind San Diego between September and Christmas…
Excerpt from “The Pleasures and Sorrows of Work” – Alain de Botton
Accept that we may never heal from our shortcomings or our wounds, take that the blows of the past can haunt a soul in order to open ourselves to the gifts of the day, and maybe even share them. That’s just about all we can do!
Excerpt from “Le philosophe nu” (the naked philosopher) by Alexandre Jollien, freely translated by Cloud
“We have two lives, and the second begins when we realize we have only one.”
— Confucius (551 B.C. – 479 B.C.)
Do you want to know more about Confucius:
Confucius – Wikipedia