Day 120 – Simple pleasures, judging oneself and seeing with the heart

For a couple days in row I wrote about being a millennial, about friendships, missing people and being scared to commit. Establishing ties with this world is a strange thing. To some extend I will always be a stranger and a pilgrim, I guess. That okay. I’ve come to terms with never being home completely as long as we are imperfect people in an imperfect world. I would like to finish my weekend and this Sunday with three thoughts and three related Le Petit Prince quotes from Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. Bits and pieces of wisdom to give you hope for a new week to come.

The abundance of small and simple pleasures

“What matters most are the simple pleasures so abundant that we can all enjoy them…Happiness doesn’t lie in the objects we gather around us. To find it, all we need to do is open our eyes.”

One of my favourite things in the world is the smell of freshly baked cakes and pies. Because to me, it’s much more than just a lovely piece of deliciousness, but it’s a little miracle of transforming ingredients into something new. One days like these, when the whole world seems to go completely against all that I believe in, I enjoy the comfort of being home and the smell of baking. So that’s what I did today. Experimenting with a new carrot cake recipe. I can’t really give you the recipe, because I did some things differently. I just don’t exactly remember what I did differently… Sorry about that.

Judging others and oneself

“It is much more difficult to judge oneself than to judge others. If you succeed in judging yourself rightly, then you are indeed a man of true wisdom.”

Today in church, one of the central messages was to leave judgement up to God. Don’t let hatred, frustration and anger settle in your own heart, but give it to God. Let it go. With the new administration in the US and elections coming up in the Netherlands, I find myself easily judging policies and politicians. Today was a reminder to start with myself. What I am doing to change the community I am placed in for the better? How can I make a difference with my talent, my time and my education?

Seeing with your heart

“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.”

Sundays are days filled with pondering, thinking and discovering secrets. Spiritual wisdom isn’t something you can see with your eye, but you do see with your heart. Learning to trust my heart, rather than my eyes, is something that seems very counter-intuitive. We live a world in which science seems to be rule. (Although apparently there also exists something like alternative facts.)  But some things in life can’t be explained by rational and visible explanations. Seeing with my heart is a life long lesson, but it’s a so worthwhile to learn and listen to that powerful beating source of life.

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