"February 25,1956... The greatest change between now
and seventy years ago is in the attitude toward leisure. Now there is no such
thing... In my experience you can have ability without leisure, but ability
only, and not creativeness, Real ideas come to me while relaxed, and brooding,
meditative, passive. Then the unexpected happens. An illumination, a
combination of words, a revelation for which I made no conscious preparation.
And seventy years ago one had time for everything, for[open-hearted] reading,
for equally [openhearted] discussion, for activities whose only result was to
strengthen, refine, and clarify our own selves as works of art, and not as now
to be considered only when producing material results."
Sunset and Twilight
by Bernard Berenson
Labels: Aging, Sabbath, Spiritual Formation