Ex-lawyer turned relationship coach

Your Year Of Wonders

In the 14th century, twelve ships dropped anchor at a Sicilian port. The portsmen who approached the ship were met with a grisly sight—almost all the passengers were dead and covered in boils erupting dark goo.

The portsmen urged the ships to set sail, but though they left, the damage was done.

The Plague was now in Europe. And neither man or animal was safe from its deadly touch.

Over the course of a few years, 30% to 60% of Europe’s population would die of the plague.

Not for another 200 years would Europe’s population regain its previous numbers.

Although the plague dwindled, it never completely left.

The Black Death especially liked to visit England. So it was one of the few countries with clear rules on plague prevention.

The most common rule being isolation.

So once the deadly disease reached Cambridge, the university closed. Leading some students to rejoice and others to sorrow.

Isaac Newton was especially upset that his favorite place in the world had shut down.

The soon-to-be-famous scientist reluctantly retreated to his home in the countryside. Not yet knowing that it would be the most productive time of his life.

Freed from the constraints of the curriculum and its exams, Newton had plenty of time to study life’s mysteries.

As the plague spread through England, Newton split light with his invention of the prism; he discovered calculus; and he watched an apple drop from a tree through his bedroom window which led to his laws of motion that we still use today.

Imagine you and your family had to go into quarantine. How would you spend your year of wonders?

Would you get closer to your loved ones, change your priorities, catch up with your favorite Netflix series, or produce your life’s greatest work?

By Jeroen Elsing
Ex-lawyer turned relationship coach