An unusual take on the link between longing and being fully alive. Perhaps the Dalai Lama would question its validity, but I believe he would show compassion towards its all too human weakness.
And I don’t see this view as being contrary to an all-pervasive sense of gratitude; no reason that gratitude and wishing cannot live in harmony.
‘It seems to me we can never give up longing and wishing while we are thoroughly alive.’
Source: George Eliot, The Mill on the Floss (London: Oxford University Press, 1963), p. 320
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