Look. Now open your eyes

All natural objects have their own unique sense of charm. They come in an infinite variety of forms, textures, colours and shapes. Go out into the world and delight in what is all around you. Be curious and inquisitive. Notice things. Take nothing for granted. Remember that every moment is unrepeatable. Reexamine objects you usually pass by or consider ordinary; it could be a brick wall, a door handle, fallen leaves or the point of a pencil. Look at life from new angles and pay attention to the experiences you are having. The meaning we give to things can be renewed and transformed by making use of our minds in different and more thoughtful ways. Anything can be a source of inspiration. Our imaginations have the power to change our relationship with everything we encounter.  The world can be a new world. If you can open your eyes and see, rather than merely look, you need never be bored again.

A subtle yet important difference

We all have knowledge, but that does not mean we have truth.

Not everyone realises that knowledge and truth are different. It is possible to have a vast amount of knowledge and still not possess a single truth. The fact is that humans are only very good at guessing things. It is therefore our responsibility to cast our judgements carefully, and be aware of how we form our beliefs and opinions.  I believe we should place more value on the process of unlearning and starting again as we already place on the original act of learning. Everything in life is subject to change and interpretation. The best knowledge we can hope to attain is the kind that is unfixed and open to continual reappraisal or new ideas. Truth is a noble concept, but it is very hard to find.

 

Do not let difficulties or setbacks dispirit you or draw you down. Instead, welcome them as elements of an interesting and continuously evolving life.

The best victories are always hard won, and belong in your state of mind more than anything else.