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Virginia Woolf on Finding Peace

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Idea šŸ’”

"You cannot find peace by avoiding life."

ā€” Virginia Woolf

Reflection šŸ¤”

We naturally search for peace in every place except the place where it's located. Why? Because we know a scary truth:

Peace comes after confronting an aspect of life you've been avoiding.

Distractions will only work for so long. Before long, you'll have to look in the mirror to solve your problems.

Action āœ…

Where have you been avoiding life? Confront it today.

Creator Fact šŸ‘¤

Virginia Woolf was an English writer and a pioneer in the use of stream of consciousness as a storytelling tool.

It's a writing technique that shows the thoughts and feelings of a character as they occur in their mind, without any filter or organization. It mimics the way the human brain processes information, associating one thought or feeling with another in a continuous flow.

Here's an excerpt of a character watching taxi cabs pass from her book Mrs. Dalloway:

She had a perpetual sense, as she watched the taxi cabs, of being out, out, far out to sea and alone; she always had the feeling that it was very, very dangerous to live even one day. Not that she thought herself clever, or much out of the ordinary. How she had got through life on the few twigs of knowledge Fraulein Daniels gave them she could not think. She knew nothing; no language, no history; she scarcely read a book now, except memoirs in bed; and yet to her it was absolutely absorbing; all this; the cabs passing; and she would not say of Peter, she would not say of herself, I am this, I am that.

A little better than "She watched the taxi cabs pass by."

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