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73. Flibbertigibbet (Empathy, Lent 14)


Some people seem to flit from one thing to another, without settling down, seeming not to take any one thing too seriously. As someone who never does things by halves, I have always found this hard to empathise with. So it’s a good exercise for me to try to do that today as part of our Lent series on turning the tables.

It’s not that I can’t stick at things, I just get really, really bored. And unlike a lot of people, I’m honest with myself about that, and about wanting to get more out of life. I guess really it is that I am a kind of explorer. I do like to go deeply into subjects or activities, but once I’ve mined them or mapped them out, made sense of them, it’s time for me to move on. I have an insatiable curiosity. I want to know what things feel like, what makes different groups of people tick, and I want to try most things: experiences, languages, cuisines, cultures. People call me flighty but I am just fully alive to all the different ways of being. I need to figuratively roll them around on my tongue and see how they taste, and then on to the next.

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