Day 1,206 – Thankful for a Thought Provoking Quote and Taking Time to Regularly Read Three Newsletters

Which newsletters do you receive that you find valuable enough to invest time reading? Please share your favorites, it’s great to pick up a new one once in a while.

I had to pull over this morning to attempt getting this picture. There’s a magical clarity on insanely cold mornings like this that make the changing colors of the sunrise even more beautiful than normal.

There are a handful of newsletters I’ve signed up that I’ll often read. Some are daily, some weekly, and some monthly. Many will get quickly scanned and possibly saved for future reading when I have a little downtime. I find they’re a great way to get different ideas and viewpoints on a variety of topics.

Three of these newsletters pack such value that I read almost immediately when I see them. Each causes me to pause and think. Often I find that I’ve still got an idea or two rolling around in my head even a few days later. Each packs a ton of thought provoking info and is very positive.

When I read this week’s 3-2-1 there was a quote that really jumped out at me. From much of the reading and thinking I’ve been doing lately this really hit the nail on the head and connected the thoughts of an ancient Roman emperor and a catholic monk in a very succinct way…

British philosopher Bertrand Russell on how to grow old. (Russell wrote this at age 81 and went on to live another 16 years.)

“The best way to overcome [the fear of death]—so at least it seems to me—is to make your interests gradually wider and more impersonal, until bit by bit the walls of the ego recede, and your life becomes increasingly merged in the universal life.

“An individual human existence should be like a river: small at first, narrowly contained within its banks, and rushing passionately past rocks and over waterfalls. Gradually the river grows wider, the banks recede, the waters flow more quietly, and in the end, without any visible break, they become merged in the sea, and painlessly lose their individual being.

“The person who, in old age, can see life in this way, will not suffer from the fear of death, since the things he or she cares for will continue. And if, with the decay of vitality, weariness increases, the thought of rest will not be unwelcome.

“I should wish to die while still at work, knowing that others will carry on what I can no longer do and content in the thought that what was possible has been done.”

Source: How to Grow Old

I find it interesting that he discusses the slow deterioration of the ego and the blending with the universal whole. This concept has been coming through loud and clear in other readings. Of course I’ve tried to figure out how to cheat ahead but it almost seems as if this is a natural order, starting individual and working into a whole as we all age. This quote definitely will have me thinking deep for quite some time!


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