The Nice Thing About Strangers

Creative Non-Fiction Short Stories. :) Travel, Oldsters, Love, and Compassion.

The Life of the Spirit…Gosh!

“I wish I could make you see how much fuller the life I offer you is than anything you have a conception of. I wish I could make you see how exciting the life of the spirit is and how rich in experience. It’s illimitable. It’s such a happy life. There’s only one thing like it, when you’re up in a plane by yourself, high, high, and only infinity surrounds you. You’re intoxicated by the boundless space. You feel such a sense of exhilaration that you wouldn’t exchange it for all the power and glory in the world. I was reading Descartes the other day. The ease, the grace, the lucidity. Gosh!”

–(Larry) The Razor’s Edge. W.Somerset Maugham.

DIA, control tower, morning

Photo courtesy of Kevin Bate.

sunset, Colorado

Photo courtesy of Kevin Bate.

11 comments on “The Life of the Spirit…Gosh!

  1. longtooth
    January 25, 2013

    i love that word….illimitable. I’ve exited planes doing HALO jumps at + 30K feet and know what the writer means….once you’re in descent, it truly is just you and infinity at that height. For sure not as prolonged as a pilot’s experience would be, but close πŸ™‚ Now I’d never heard of this Descartes guy, so I just googled him and his ‘Passions of the soul’. Massive book they got on PDF that I fully intend to read as ease, grace and lucidity sound right up my street πŸ™‚ Thanks, Paige.

    • thenicethingaboutstrangers
      January 25, 2013

      Haha! You are so brave! If you could do that, you could do anything, my friend (anything, okay? Got your back!).

      I’ll recommend a less-massive Descartes, if you want. (You jumped out of planes, I taught philosophy!)

      • longtooth
        January 25, 2013

        I’ll very much like the less massive Descartes πŸ™‚ Please. Not brave, Paige…just duty. Thanks for having my back. Means a lot to me. Hugs

  2. jasminenicolette
    January 26, 2013

    This is so wonderful! A perfect read to start the day.

  3. Jade Jarvis
    January 26, 2013

    When I travel on an airplane, I always request window seats. When you are up in the sky looking down, you realize how small you are.

    I wanted to formally bestow my nomination to you for the Blog of the Year 2012. I enjoy reading about your travels.

    Your nomination can be found here:

    • thenicethingaboutstrangers
      January 26, 2013

      Thank you for the nomination, Jade! I’ll have to check that out. πŸ™‚
      I always sit on the aisle so I don’t have to awaken my neighbors if I feel like pacing. They always fall asleep. I never can manage…

  4. petchary
    January 26, 2013

    Marvelous! And W. Somerset Maugham is a much unappreciated and underrated writer…

    • thenicethingaboutstrangers
      January 26, 2013

      I had a phase where I had to read everything he’d written. I’ve never been sorry, even on a re-read, he delights me!

  5. niki
    January 30, 2013

    Stunning images!

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