“They’ve had a long time to think,” Paran murmured. “Sometimes, that’s all that’s needed. The heart of wisdom is tolerance, I think.”Ganoes Paran, Memories of Ice
I’m currently nearing the end of Memories of Ice, and if the ending is anything like the rest of the book, I believe it will be one of my favorite books of the year.
One recurring theme in the book (albeit minor) is how immortals view the world differently than mortals. Immortals have the benefit of time, of being able to stand back from the crush of daily responsibilities. Thousands of years changes one’s perspective.
It’s a message we all could use. It’s easy to become reactive, to be overwhelmed by the stress of a single day, to be carried away by the minutiae.
But if we can take a step back and take a long view, we realize more of what actually matters to us.