Friday Philosophy…Absence

When I was in University, I had a professor who discussed with us the concept of “absence as presence.” In other words, the absence of a person leads to the deep longing for that individual, which leads to their absence being a presence entirely its own.

Since I’ve been thinking along those lines, I thought I’d share some thoughts on absence.

“Happiness is the absence of striving for happiness.” ~ Zhuangzi

“It’s so much darker when the light goes out than it would have been if it had never shone.” ~ John Steinbeck

“To become spring, means accepting the risk of winter. To become presence, means accepting the risk of absence.” ~ Antoine de Saint-Exupery

“Greater things are believed of those who are absent.” ~ Tacitus

“Free again, but it’s just a feeling; freedom is not the absence of commitments, but the ability to choose – and commit yourself to what is best for you.” ~ Paulo Coelho

Blessings to you all. Never give up!

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