The last refuge
“I adore simple pleasures. They are the last refuge of the complex.” — Oscar Wilde
I know very few people who do not lead complex lives, and most of us yearn for simplicity. Yet the complexity is also a blessing; a rich fabric woven with countless threads that add color, durability or utility. Thus I have mixed emotions about clearing distractions from my life; I can’t really say that I would be better off without the many people, interests and responsibilities that fill my days.
Perhaps the answer lies somewhere between simplicity and complexity. If we keep places of retreat in our lives, corners where we can find quiet and serenity, we will be better equipped to navigate the more difficult terrain where we encounter challenges that reward us with different gifts. Today, I wish for you a retreat to — or discovery of — a safe, warm refuge of calm amid the inevitable busyness of life.