Even in these most uncertain of times, you can take a seat and read your book. "The ideal bench" will help you spend some pleasant hours and make you think about things that matter.
Surely you want to leave your troubles behind you for a few minutes. Why don't you select your ideal bench and take a breath of fresh air?
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A book for flâneurs and philosophers of all ages. For travellers, for wanderers, for dreamers. A book for ideologists. A book for sensitive, gentle souls who know, however, how to taste the best part of life.
Thoughts for all seasons, thoughts about human beings and animals, about love and careless youth, thoughts about married life, about all sorts of encounters, about the change of destination and also about Theseus's robbers...
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The question persists, does the ideal bench really exist? Is it just a literary metaphor for happiness or a real spot where one can pause for a while and enjoy nature? The ideal bench is a place of contemplation, of meditation, of the sweet "far niente".
This picture of a bench on Mount Pelion made me wonder...How many benches can be found at historical even mythological places like this one?
When was the last time you stopped to look at something or (discreetly) at someone? When was the last time you sat on a bench without scrolling on your phone? Why don't you just pause for a moment and let time freeze? Look around you, admire the sky, the trees and maybe allow yourself to listen to yourself. The ideal bench will give you this possibility and you will appreciate taking time off.
The ideal bench, the book, has 43 brief chapters. Being its author, it is difficult to choose the one I like the best. Still I have my own favorites, of course, but I was curious to know what the readers thought. One answered aptly that the best chapter was for her The bench of personal preferences, whereas another reader said that The book bench was for him the most interesting. Should I reveal mine? The bench of the Nativity scene...