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A Moment of Zen (and Motorcycles)

I thought I would share a bit of personal reflection on the Covid-19 induced topsy-turviness of thought and emotion. Don’t worry, I’m not sharing another graph, countdown or breakthrough finding as I’m by no means a medical or financial market expert. Instead, I’d like to quickly reflect on how the pandemic and its implications are making us all feel as, let’s not forget, reality is the sum of our perceptions as well as emotions.

There are moments in our lives when:

“Instead of expanding the branches of what you already know, you have to stop and drift laterally for a while until you come across something that allows you to expand the roots of what you already know.”

Robert Pirsig, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance

Seeing as how we could all use a break from the cognitive limbo gripping our analytical mind, I’ve decided to give heart, metaphor and art a try in hammering home this simple yet powerful message: not moving forward, doesn’t necessarily mean moving backwards. Sometimes we’re just moving inwards; expanding at the roots.

For those who haven’t read the book, here’s a 2 mins recorded reading, enriched by awesome visuals, courtesy of my wife’s drawing skills ???? Thanks, hun! ????

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