The moment I decided to create this blog, I opened the I Ching and it landed on the symbol for The Well. This piece of architecture has lasted throughout Chinese history, enduring dynasty after dynasty, as the center of life.
“The well is the symbol of that social structure which, evolved by mankind in meeting its most primitive needs, is independent of all political forms. Political structures change, as do nations, but the life of man with its needs remains eternally the same.”
We live in a world of consumer excess and infinite distraction. What has helped me most is focusing on essentials. Taking care of my basic needs as responsibly as I can, whether that be walking to the store or cooking meals at home or turning off my phone to listen. It’s my way of feeling connected, rooted in what really matters.
Just as the well is a life source for the people, we must have our own personal well to dip into for nourishment. To help us carry on with meaning and purpose. To drown out all that noise with a beautiful simplicity, a holistic way of life, that is satisfying, that endures, that is inexhaustible – the unchangeable within change. The Well.