Friday, December 30, 2011

Pico Iyer on the joy of quiet

None of this is a matter of principle or asceticism; it’s just pure selfishness. Nothing makes me feel better — calmer, clearer and happier — than being in one place, absorbed in a book, a conversation, a piece of music. It’s actually something deeper than mere happiness: it’s joy, which the monk David Steindl-Rast describes as “that kind of happiness that doesn’t depend on what happens.” - Pico Iyer

1 comment:

John kuhlman said...

I am searching for someone who smiles when they are working on a computer. So far, none! That means that there are millions of people who aren't smiling during much of heir working day. I talk to my computer just like I used to talk to my golf ball, and it is of no help in either case.
John Kuhlman
Emeritus Professor of Economics
Univ. of Missouri