📅 Thought for today:
‘One of the things that made me long to be back in prison was that I had so little opportunity for reading, thinking and quiet reflection after my release. I intend, amongst other things, to give myself much more opportunity for such reading and reflection.’
— Nelson Mandela
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A quiet Saturday morning at home.
For three days I have been leaving home before the time I normally wake up and commuting into London.
It is 18 months since I did this.
Yet I managed to develop a routine that allowed for reflective moments.
I walked the mile and a half each day from Marylebone station to Little Venice. A good proportion of that walk is along the Grand Union Canal/Paddington Basin.
When I reached my destination I found a quiet bench to sit on (“my bench”) and just “sit with & observe”.
This was precious time, a morning meditation.
Only towards the end of the three days did I notice these tiles in the photograph, tucked under a corbel on a brick pillar.
Given my current journey along The Artist’s Way, I thought this was very relevant – and without the moments of contemplation, I think it is unlikely I would have noticed it.