Comforting Thought: To give a gift is to put oneself in the mind of another

Book Review: Flights by Olga Tokarczuk

To give is to make an imaginative journey into the mind of another person. To give is to put something of our own essence into what we have given. To give appropriately always involves an act of courage. To give is the act of saying ‘I see you and appreciate you and I also make an implicit promise for the future’.

David Whyte
People make things to express their need (or fear) of connection | Olivia Laing, The Lonely City: Adventures in the Art of Being Alone

From: Consolations: The Solace, Nourishment and Underlying Meaning of Everyday Words by David Whyte

Genre: Non-fiction, Spirituality, Philosophy

Rating: 3.5 stars

*Contains no spoilers

In this slim and elegant volume of philosophy and inspiration, writer David Whyte tackles the big topics and words that rarely get any airtime in our society, the kinds of things that haunt people but that are difficult to resolve and so are pushed under the rug. Read full review

Book Review: Consolations:The Solace, Nourishment & Underlying Meaning of Everyday Words by David Whyte
Book Review: Consolations:The Solace, Nourishment & Underlying Meaning of Everyday Words by David Whyte

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