There are times when even the surest rock beneath your foot becomes unsteady; when there is a mismatch between what you knew in your head and what you see with your eyes; when disappointment gives way to fear and the abyss of confusion.
In my book Lemons into Limoncello I suggest turning to “wisdom” of the sages:
· Marco Aurelio, emperor of Rome from AD 161 to 180, observed the key people in his life and wrote down his thoughts on the wisdom they imparted from their word and example.
· Marsilio Ficino , a humanist philosopher of the Italian Renaissance advised avoiding harmful foods and negative emotions such as anger, fear, pit, idleness, sorrow or solitude.
· St Francis of Assisi, son of a wealthy cloth merchant, renounced his worldly ways, left his fancy clothes by the ways and lived a life of giving to others.
· Laure Cereta, a Renaissance humanist and feminist believed in learning as an antidote to personal loss.
· Giovanni Battista Vico, professor of rhetoric at the University of Naples, believed in the “ricorso” of society, a pattern of advancing and returning to a more primitive state, each time, however, just a bit more evolved than the last. Our lives follow the same path at times.
While insightful readings have the power to strengthen our resolve in unsteady personal waters, when the books are closed, it is time to respond to the message of our HEARTS, and be unafraid to follow the path where it leads us.
Much love and a very Happy Valentine’s Day to all of my readers and followers