Book Me

Photography: Unknown

Photography: Unknown

I tend to read books with a pencil in hand, studying each line, reading between them, allowing them to penetrate my very core. Old habits die hard.

I approach books with reckless abandon, and then the student in me emerges, and the writer in me gets so inspired that I need to underline phrases that move me, put an asterisk beside them and dog ear the pages so that I remember there wisdom.

If I were to pin every page to the wall that has ever inspired me, I would also have documentation of my growth. 

There is no accounting for the power of the written word and the insight it dispenses into human behaviour. -tM

The Next Level

Photography: Unknown | A simple, beautiful, and utilitarian way to display such treasures.

I have always found that simplicity in architecture, design, make-up, fashion, food, and in thought is hard to do well, especially when you want it to be beautiful and functional.

Leonardo da Vinci once said that "simplicity is the ultimate sophistication." This is easier said then done in our North American culture where more is more, and consumption is king. There is no room for less in our society.  We need to fill our lives up with stuff so that the stuff in our lives can take the place of our lives.

As I grow older, simplicities of all kinds, especially thought, has become remarkably important to me. Eliminating the unnecessary in order to give the necessary room to speak. These days I really appreciate Steve Job's point of view on the whole process of simplification: "Simple can be harder then complex:  You have to work hard to get your thinking clean to make it simple. But it is worth it in the end because once you get there, you can move mountains."

My conscious internal shift is also reflected in the design of my home, the clothes I choose to wear, as well as in the rest of my aesthetics. The external is reflective of the internal and vice versa. It helps to keep me in balance and on the path I believe to be right for me.

How about you? Is less is more your personal philosophy or do you abide by the there can never be enough of this good stuff kind of rule? -tM

 

 

 

Le Petit Prince

Artist: Antoine de Saint-Exupéry | The Little Prince

This is probably one of my favourite books. I have bought it for nephews and have recommended it to adults, children and teenagers alike.  It is a tender tale of loneliness, friendship, love, loss, imagination, hope, and truth. It takes into account the purity of a child's point of view and contrasts it with that of the adult's loss of imagination.

The Little Prince is full of many engaging lessons and important reminders on how to live an inspired and beautiful life.

It is worth exploring. -tM

“And now here is my secret, a very simple secret: It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.”  -Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince

 

Bound Together

The physical beauty and the weight of a book in my hand, or bag, somehow creates and awakens within me a stirring for knowledge. The hidden passages, secret maps, forgotten dreams, and desires, beckon me to come and take a closer look. The scent of the pages, like an elixir keep me coming back for more. So much of the senses are engaged in reading a book. The tactile experience of turning a page can be a meditation for the mind and soul alike.

I don't know if I will ever be able to give up the physical relationship I have with books in turn for the downloaded words on the screen. There is more presence of mind in each moment spent with a concrete book in hand. When dusk falls, you carefully manoeuvre your way toward a lamp or perhaps you put your book down altogether. There are limitations to the hours you can read. There is something so inviting and tranquil to me about having and setting limitations in our lives in this day and age.

I cannot fathom my life without them. They are as much a part of who I am as the world is sometimes too much with me; together moving forward with there weight in my hand.

-tM