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Zürich, a cosmopolitan hotel and a nice view of the lake. There’s no lack of material abundance no matter where you look and there’s enough of everything but I’m not that sure about the inner wealth… I still can’t find that genuine spark in people’s eyes. I have a few hours to write… until our business dinner with altogether different topics…
Have you ever wondered that perhaps Life, with everything it throws our way, wants nothing else except what’s good for us? That every event and circumstance revealed to us contains much more than our philosophy makes it out to be at the time? That it contains something different, closely connected to the deeper meaning of everything happening to us? Something that constantly and gently guides us to a place where we have a chance to taste much more Life. Much more joy. Much more love. In my experience that’s more than very likely. I’m firmly convinced that’s the case. At least that’s what I’ve gone through.
“Nobody’s going to do your life for you. You have to do it yourself, whether you’re rich or poor, out of money or raking it in, the beneficiary of ridiculous fortune or terrible injustice. And you have to do it no matter what is true. No matter what is hard. No matter what unjust, sad, sucky things have befallen you. Self-pity is a dead-end road. You make the choice to drive down it. It’s up to you to decide to stay parked there or to turn around and drive out.” (Cheryl Strayed: Brave Enough)
Yesterday I had an opportunity to observe a wedding on a hotel terrace with a really majestic view of the Lake Zürich. There was no shortage of wealth: the cars that drove up there, designer clothes, the scent of a mixture of high-priced perfumes in the air. And, naturally, ostentatiously expensive watches that stood out too much. It goes without saying that these are a must in Switzerland. You could say, “Money all around”.
It was very surprising how quietly everything proceeded. As if they were acting in an official capacity; there was no great joy or enthusiasm to be seen anywhere. After all, a wedding is quite a big turning point in life. It’s a change full of great expectations at least if not much more. I expected it was normal for everyone to be somewhat considerate towards each other at first and that things were bound to get livelier later on. But to my great surprise not a lot changed in the next few hours. It definitely didn’t look anything like a really happy event such as a wedding. At least not from my perspective.
Is it perhaps the upbringing or the environment they live in? Have they had calculating personalities since they were children? Are they even capable of feeling, laughing, or crying out loud? Of truly loving each other and tasting the sweetness of Life?
Numerous questions flashed through my mind in an instant. Perhaps Life never offered them opportunities or trying experiences so that they could open their eyes a bit more and broaden their perspective. And so now they simply carry on following a certain boring rhythm they’ve settled into in all those years. There has to be something to it, there’s no question about it.
“Don’t surrender all your joy for an idea you used to have about yourself that isn’t true anymore.” (Cheryl Strayed: Brave Enough)

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