6/29/12: Weekend Imagination Igniters: Uses of Our Past
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For most of us, the weekend is less agenda-driven and more relaxed than our usual weekday. You're more likely to slip into that state of relaxed alertness that psychologists call "alpha." That's when you're most likely to have creative thoughts. Here's something I hope will spark a few.
The wonderful writer Nora Ephron died this week. Among the many quotes she left behind is this one:
"Why do people write books that say it's better to be older than to be younger? It's not better. "
No, it's not better. But it's not worse, either. It's different.
It's not as if you have a choice. As my mother once snapped at a person who asked her how it felt to be getting older, "No one's getting younger."
The great benefit of getting older is that store up more of the treasure of memories and experience. And you can use those. They can guide and inform the choices you make in the present that shape the future. My priest, Tim Patterson, captured the idea once in a sermon with this question.
"What has your whole life up until this moment prepared you to do next?"
Use it as a thought starter for your weekend.
June is my month for self-examination and self-reflection. Part of what I do is review a book of wisdom that I've read before. This year, I chose Marcus Aurelius' Meditations. My edition is a Walter J. Black's Classics Club edition that I've had for more than forty years. I find that Stoic philosophy wears very well. You can get a copy of the Meditations on Amazon. The Kindle version costs less than many a fast food hamburger and will feed your soul for decades.
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