I’m not there yet, but Weimar has been a place of mystery and enticement to me ever since a German architect friend of mine, Carsten, told me I should go there. So far, what I know is that it was home to two of the best-known German poets, Goethe and Schiller, who were also great friends. So this will touch the poet in me!
Sometimes it’s absolutely necessary just to go for a dream, to follow a longing for opening and wonder, without worrying about how it will fit into your career plans or search for a good mate. Sometimes, you have to do something for your soul that may not matter to anyone else. As Thomas Moore writes in his book, Care of the Soul: “‘Soul’ is not a thing, but a quality or a dimension of experiencing life and ourselves. It has to do with depth, value, relatedness, heart, and personal substance.”
This depth and heart-quality of living life are what gives life its richness and meaning. The search for a place with a magical name or a work path that is different from anything you’ve done before or a taking out a moment of your busy time to read a poem or listen to a bird sing-- all of these add to the quality of our lives. This “soul” in our lives is the zest that gives our lives the delight worth living.
What are some “soul” moments in your life? How have they helped you in your career and life transitions?