Life brings us the things (situations) and we think ‘oh we’ve done those things already’ -- so it puts things there for us to fall over, to break our arrogance. Out of spite? No out of Love. To wake us up. ~ Mooji
*Reading the book A Gentleman In Moscow by Amor Towles is the 30-year saga of the Count Alexander Rostov, who is placed under house arrest inside the Metropol Hotel in Moscow in 1922 when the Bolsheviks spare him from death or Siberia because of his 1913 revolutionary poem written in university.
The book sparked a lengthy discussion last night about the characteristics of a ‘gentleman’, the codes by which we live our lives, and how the basic elements of those codes from ‘back in the day’ have changed and been replaced by a culture that seems to encourage the more rough, base elements of ourselves. It was a very interesting discussion needless to say.
Who embodies the qualities of a “gentleman” or a “lady” in your mind? Audrey Hepburn? Trump? Cary Grant? Jesus? Jackie Kennedy? Dalai Lama? Desmond Tutu? Sheryl Sanberg? Diana, Princess of Wales? Oprah? Morgan Freeman?
What about that person stands out for you?
Have you sought to mirror any of those qualities in your own life?
Because this is a moment in history where so many things we’ve taken for granted are being tested and in some cases thrown out, it would seem to be worthwhile to re-affirm the qualities of character that guide our own lives as they will help us maintain a certain inner stability – a good thing in these times.
“Within you, there’s a stillness and a sanctuary to which you can retreat at any time and be yourself.” – Hermann Hesse