A Moment to Reflect

5 May 2020

A Moment to Reflect

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sun-drenched tulips on our kitchen table

To be in “a wild place” or “a landscape that is timeless” may inspire you with a sense of awe, because it makes you realise how small you are in the grand scheme of things.

But then, when you turn to give your full attention to the little things, and to their complex, fragile beauty, your heart is touched by a deep joy and an awareness of the tender and mysterious love at the heart of the universe, as another of my favourite writers, Fyodor Dostoevsky, knew well.

“Love all God’s creation, both the whole and every grain of sand. Love every leaf, every ray of light. Love the animals, love the plants, love each separate thing. If thou love each thing thou wilt perceive the mystery of God in all; and when once thou perceive this, thou wilt thenceforward grow every day to a fuller understanding of it: until thou come at last to love the whole world with a love that will then be all-embracing and universal.” 
― Fyodor Dostoevsky, The Brothers Karamazov