At Newbold, we believe in the power of Monday motivation.
“Ignorance is bliss” – it’s a saying we all know and in many ways it feels true!
When someone might say something behind your back, ignorance is bliss because finding out what it is they do say will affect you. Or, let’s say you have a moment of thinking “let’s go experimental” and decide mix Coco-Cola with a yoghurt to see what it might taste like, well, ignorance is definitely bliss in this case because it may affect you in a whole variety of ways you probably won’t enjoy…
However. Jesus said ‘you will know the truth and the truth will set you free’ – so actually whilst ignorance can be bliss, often it only serves as one purpose which is to maintain an illusion that we might have about ourselves and the wider world around us.
A life skill that Danilo finds particularly helpful with this is “reflective practice” – which simply means to think and reflect on the things he does. Reflection doesn’t mean that the focus has to be entirely negative – it means that you can look at something from all angles to assess what went well, but also what could be improved. Ignorance may seem like bliss, but actually the truth does set us free when we’re ready to face it and act upon it.
Life skill: Reflective Practise
Your challenge this week - set yourself at least one reflective task. It may be on your academic work, your interaction with a friend, a skill that you're developing or something else.
Foodie tip: Spinach
Creamy, cheesy, irony goodness. This classic recipe makes the perfect accompaniment to any lunchtime or dinner meal. You'll never look at these leafy greens the same way again - bon apetit!