You are strong, fearless, self-sufficient, you make time for reading, thinking, quiet contemplation, meditation or prayer. This need not cost a penny.*
When writing action, it’s imperative to remember this key principle: spectacle isn’t meaning. The key to action is life and death.**
Tom Hodgkinson’s opening words are flawed but they are also true.
We are all flawed but when we accept this then something wonderful and meaningful happens.
Maybe we could get to perfect if life were not so full of life and death struggles.
Jordan Peterson tells of when he and his wife took in a neighbour’s four year old son for the day, mentioning that he wouldn’t eat all day, adding, “That’s okay.”
But it wasn’t okay and a straightforward battle over food followed and the four year old won.
He ate his food, having been told he was a good boy and then broke into a broad smile:
Ten not-too-painful minutes later he finished his meal. We were all watching intently. It was a drama of life and death.^
Or someone says a hurtful thing about a piece of work you did. You shrug it off but every time you repeat that work, the words come back to mind. It’s a matter of life and death.
Protagonist versus the antagonism.
I include Hodgkinson’s words because this place of quiet contemplation is where we can overcome the antagonism we carry around with us, opening a true sense of who we are, allowing us to become stronger and more creative – a blossoming of ideas and dreams that we can move into the day and give some shape to.
The truest form of alchemy because we know we are flawed but whole.