King Henry IV by William Shakespeare: Reading and Meditation

October 8, 2020  • Executive Leadership Seminars Department

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The word “perspective” comes from the Latin perspect – meaning “to look at closely.” And yet, often our own perspective prohibits us from doing just that. To keep up with the goings on in the world today is not a task for the fainthearted. In fact, I’m often left wondering when the world has ever looked so grim. But through King Henry IV, we’re given a bit of perspective. “O God! that one might read the book of fate,/And see the revolution of the times/Make mountains level, and the continent,/Weary of solid firmness, melt itself/Into the sea…And changes fill the cup of alteration.” Time changes the world around us and the people we are within, and hindsight always brings fresh perspective. Where could you use some perspective in life? How does it feel to look back upon your years with the perspective you hold today? How does the passing of time bring change, or bring stillness?

Brianna Curran, Laguna Niguel, California

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