Coping with Freedom: Reflexions on Ephemeral Happiness

Coping with Freedom: Reflexions on Ephemeral Happiness

Coping with Freedom: Reflexions on Ephemeral Happiness

Coping with Freedom: Reflexions on Ephemeral Happiness

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A few years ago, in Lyon, I chose an old hotel at the edge of the Saône River as my temporary home. I liked everything about it: the wooden staircase going up to the reception desk on the first floor, the sitting room where an odd assortment of round-cornered tables and chairs communed together amid a soft, leafy tangle of potted plants, and the wreck of a library… From a seat by the window, I would watch the boats go by. Sitting there every morning, coffee cup in hand, I was suffused with a feeling of serenity and inviolability, and a groundless sense of completeness. That setting gave me a sense of being in the right place — a place that I never would have taken . . .

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