“What if we take this seriously? What gifts is it going to give us if we love something, and we love it with rigor, and we love it with commitment?” —Reading Harry Potter as a Sacred Text
Strikes me as an important question for many things in our lives that we trivialize because they aren’t “important” enough. What happens when we choose to love something, whether it deserves it or not, and how does it change it/them/us in the process?
The only caveat is to try to love wisely. It’s impossible to know where love will lead us, but if the chances are good a love will lead us down a bad path, perhaps it would be better to choose a different one.
“‘With some people an event like this would change them,’ says Shah, his Chicago friend. ‘And suddenly Peter’s life has changed — he went through a divorce, in every way Peter’s life has changed — but I feel like he is what he is.’”—Stephanie Clifford, “What Really Happens When You Become an Overnight Millionaire?” Medium.com. September 30, 2019.
The answer, apparently, is you start making bad life decisions because having heaps of money distorts your reality. Obligatory link to Reddit post on why winning the lottery is one of the most unfortunate things that can happen to you.
The important thing to remember is that this basement isn’t packed with treasure. It’s packed with junk. You have to spend the time to sort through the junk to find the treasure. There is no shortcut. There is no algorithm. There is only time, attention, noticing — digging…I like to try to apply this spirit of crate-digging to everyday life. The only way to find the good stuff, the special stuff, the genuine moments and the true inspiration, is to first engage with the everyday, the mundane, the seemingly useless, the things nobody else seems to care about. So engage. There is no shortcut; there is no algorithm. If all you do is track what’s trending, then all you’ll ever know is exactly what everyone else already knew. To discover, you have to dig.”—Rob Walker, “Crate-Dig Reality.” The Art of Noticing. No. 29. September 29, 2019.
This could serve as a mission statement for cafebedouin.org.