Weekly Insight (2)

One of the great gifts of life is growing in to a sense of self that knows itself, is rested and secure, is armed against all forms of manipulation, and understands and imparts its unique contribution to life. It takes a long, long time and often a lot of pain and struggle to begin to breath that kind of air.


Isn’t it strange how for many of us we only seem to enter that rare atmosphere of spirit in the last quarter of life, after we’ve done so much living without it. Perhaps there is something beyond the veil. Only then does this long and hard preparation make any sense.

A true test of whether we are breathing this air of self-knowledge and confidence in who we are, is found in Oscar Wilde’s words: “Anybody can sympathize with the sufferings of a friend, but it requires a very fine nature – it requires, in fact, the nature of a true Individualist – to sympathize with a friend’s success.”



About Don

I love life. Sometimes it makes sense, other times not. Discerning its underlying patterns and beauty always provides great reward and meaning and is a passion I ineptly follow. I feel deeply attached to nature and love the sea with its distinct moods and colour and find walking along its beaches wonderfully inspiring. Writing, sketching and photography is a sheer joy for me and the blog is one of the places I am able to express these pursuits.
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12 Responses to Weekly Insight (2)

  1. greg says:

    I agree. At 63 I have arrived at this place. But it is exactly as you say, and it is truly profound, and does indeed give glimpses beyond the veil.
    I have experienced this surprising joy (as C.S. Lewis puts it) of late, all the more suprising have come out of a place of inner turmoil, like a blanket of comfort. It is temporary, as the prevails of life kick back in.
    It has nothing to do with a cure or a fix of one’s circumstance:
    But it is there, a link of unity to the possibility of oneness with all of nature and humanity and the cosmos.


    • Don says:

      Greg, thanks for sharing your experience. You share such wisdom. I love the way you also connect the experience with that sense of oneness with all things – being an individual, yet with a deep sense of connection with everything else. You are so right as well – it has nothing to do with a cure or a fixing of one’s circumstances. Again, thanks for sharing Greg.


  2. wisejourney says:

    I think I have arrived and then a new life experience comes along ahe hey presto… More to know and get and growing done. I believe we never stop absorbing and learning our whole life. Sure hope not.


  3. I do wonder though Don, if we had that ‘rare atmosphere of spirit’ when we are younger, if we would take fewer risks, be less adventurous because we would not be seeking ourselves. Or perhaps it would be just the opposite? Thanks for another thought provoking post.


    • Don says:

      Good point Jacquie. Really like what you say. It gives a lot to reflect on. I tend to think it would be just the opposite, but then that’s not the way it happens, so I bow to a greater wisdom who obviously knows what it’s doing – I hope. Lol. I’m pondering on your thought – I like it – it takes me places. Thank you.


  4. nrhatch says:

    Good thoughts, Don. I grow closer to breathing this air every day. 😀


  5. ladyfi says:

    It’s so true to have that lovely sense of peace as you grow a little older.


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