I went rummaging through Canadian politics this week (interesting story this week about what the most corrupt province was), and read a little on Pierre Trudeau, the late prime minister. I love his personal motto:
“Reason before passion.”
It’s not a rejection of passion, but a rejection of blindness in the pursuit of the things and people we seek. In other words, awareness in all things, most importantly, ourselves.
At a bar last night, over sushi, sake, baseball and jazz, the bartender said something very deep:
“Distance becomes beauty.”
Ask yourself this–can you really see how beautiful a rose is if you’re right on top of it? True beauty–in people, in nature–needs to be appreciated from a little ways off, and then you can approach it, having gained its full measure.