Going with the flow makes a lot of sense when one looks at it from the point of view of a sculptor who has to work with found materials that already have their own features. There is no point in trying to superimpose new dimensions on to shapes that are already present.

One could also apply similar principles to dealing with important life decisions. It is always worth remembering that “a bird in hand is worth two in the bush”, as the saying goes.

In the wider scheme of things, this does not mean that each of us should simply accept our breaks in life and not aspire towards goals, dreams and achievements. It is more likely that we should be mindful of processes and journeys, so we can make the most of who we are and what we have, as we move forward in time.

New inventions are constantly emerging. This means that younger people are likely to have things to teach those who have lived longer. On the other hand, they should also be willing to learn from older souls about dealing with the curveballs that life sometimes throws.

Living seems to have been designed with an intricate set of checks and balances. Observing, listening, witnessing and being consciously present are possibly the most useful tools at our disposal.