I couldn't wait to share this quote with you, Relaxed Writers!
Clarity of mind means clarity of passion, too; this is why a great and clear mind loves ardently and sees distinctly what it loves. -Blaise Pascal
Even though it's 400+ years old, Pascal's quote thrums with vitality to me. It's difficult to imagine how much mental clarity and concentration it must have taken him to perform his mathematical calculations and scientific investigations...all just a few decades after Gutenberg invented the printing press. How did he record his ideas as he worked, I wonder?
More to the point of today's post, though: I'd love to hear how you might paraphrase Pascal's thought for yourself.
My own paraphrase goes something like this:
We awaken through Love.
To sharpen your clarity of mind today, I hope you'll try this:
Notice what animates your curiosity, desire and attention.
Honor it by taking a small step towards infusing your life with what you love.
Write well, everyone!