I love this insight from Etty Hillesum’s diary in which she reflects: “I must make sure I keep up with my writing, that is, with myself, or else things will start to go wrong for me: I shall run the risk of losing my way.” There is so much there.
Today my friend and I had a socially distanced picnic on the front lawn of the church behind my house because this is something that is still permitted and it’s worthwhile to relish the opportunities we do have amidst the circumscription of our freedom.
What a silly, inverted question. And what could possibly make me ask it? The answer is this anecdote at the end of Aharon Appelfeld’s memoir Table for One: Under the Light of Jerusalem:
“We have come to accept compulsory military service in peacetime for the sake of national security. Am I too bold in suggesting the idea of compulsory adult education in leisure time for the sake of spiritual security?” — Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel How do you spend your leisure? I love this question.
A nineteenth century Bohemian poet and a twenty-first century startup inspired me to start writing every day. I began on January 1st.
The third rule from Jordan Peterson’s book 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos is: Make friends with people who want the best for you. It is a rather somber chapter during which he takes the reader to his small hometown of Fairview in northern Alberta where, he says, “it was no easy matterContinue reading “Jordan Peterson: Choose friends who “punish you carefully””
If you don’t know who Jordan Peterson is or would like to refresh your memory, then pause to read this article about him that just appeared in The Spectator. The Amazon release of Jordan B. Peterson’s 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos is tomorrow, January 23rd. The Western Canadian, Harvard and University ofContinue reading “Reading: Jordan Peterson’s “12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos””