It is three days to Christmas Day and I am in digital detox [see ‘Digital detox with a deep vacation’ on August 10th, 2016] after a long term. So, only a picture this week of ice on Lake Michigan near Traverse City in December 2004. Happy Holidays to all of my readers!
The news brings us a daily diet of people’s lives lost or wrecked by events beyond their control, tempered with accounts of the apparently glamorous life-styles of the rich and famous, and interspersed with advertisements that lure us towards the pursuit of success and happiness. However, the advertisements are selling products that make others rich and, on their own, are unlikely to make us happy. Instead, we need to learn ‘to love the daily current of existence which flows on evenly’, to quote Natalia Ginzburg. Or as Pope Francis, has said about achieving happiness: ‘Slow down. Take time off. Live and let live. Don’t proselytise. Work for peace. Work at a job that offers basic human dignity. Don’t hold on to negative feelings. Move calmly through life. Enjoy art, books and playfulness.’
Natalia Ginzburg, Little Virtues, London: Daunt Books, 2015.
Egan T, The pope and the art of joy. International New York Times, 16-17th May, 2015.
I am on vacation and off-grid so just a picture this week. It is a night time view from the cottage we stayed at in 2017 on the Lizard in Cornwall. If you have withdrawal symptoms from this blog then follow the links to find out why you need a vacation too!
Gone walking posted on April 19th, 2017.
Digital detox with a deep vacation posted on August 10th, 2016.
Deep vacation posted on July 29th, 2015.
A few weeks ago, I wrote a post inspired by reading ‘This is happiness‘ by Niall Williams [see ‘Are these the laws of engineering?’ onJuly 14th 2021]. On a more personal note, I enjoyed another description in the same book: ‘he was over sixty years…the moving bits of him could no longer be taken for granted, and twinges, pulls and strains in the elasticated parts were matched by aches, clunks and creaks in the skeletal.’ This description could apply to me but fortunately only on a bad day at the moment. I am going on a deep vacation [see ‘Digital detox with a deep vacation‘ on August 10th, 2016] for a few weeks in order to rejuvenate my mind and body by walking some sections of the South-West Coast Path [see ‘The Salt Path‘ on August 14th, 2019]. Regular posts will resume when I return in August.
Reference: Niall Williams, This is happiness, London: Bloomsbury Publishing, 2019.