“And here is a parable of life for you to ponder on: A group of tourists sits in a bus that is passing through gorgeously beautiful country; lakes and mountains and green fields and rivers. But the shades of the bus are pulled down. They do not have the slightest idea of what lies beyond the windows of the bus. And all the time of their journey is spent in squabbling over who will have the seat of honor in the bus, who will be applauded, who will be well considered. And so they remain till the journey’s end.”
~ Anthony de Mello from The Way to Love
This is the second Note we’ve done on Anthony de Mello. (The first was on his great book Awareness.)
I’m pretty sure I picked this one up after Ryan Holiday referenced him in The Daily Stoic.
It’s a tiny little pocket book featuring thirty-one inspiring, challenging meditations on how to love. As we’ll see, de Mello’s #1 rule is to drop your attachment—which is a very Stoic perspective. :)
The Daily Stoic and this one are similar in another way as well. While Ryan is a modern-day Stoic who reflects on wisdom from ancient Stoic sages in his book, Anthony de Mello was a mystical Jesuit priest who reflects on wisdom from Jesus/the Bible in his meditations.
The book is a powerful, challenging look at how to break free from our conditioning, reprogram our minds and truly love. (Get a copy here and check out Love 101 + our other Notes on Love.)
It’s packed with poetic wisdom and I’m excited to share some of my favorite Ideas so let’s jump straight in!
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