Saturday, June 20, 2020

Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom

How Contagion Works

Have you read any book of Paolo Giordano? I love his books, I've read all the novels he has written so far. 

I had hard day at work yesterday - mainly because the numbers of new coronavirus cases are increasing so steeply. 180.000 new cases in one day only. It is scary to think what the future will bring. How many lives and jobs will be lost.

So it was the perfect way to spend my evening by reading Paolo Giordano's latest book that he wrote during lockdown: How contagion works. 

I like the book -  you get the insight of an Italian's thoughts and feelings during the lockdown.

I love how he ends his book. He says he thinks a lot about Psalm 90 lately, especially these lines:

Teach us to number our days, 
that we may gain a heart of wisdom.

I googled the psalm 90 and read it for the very first time. It is beautiful.


NY Times article:


  1. Powerful sentiment, and so appropriate given the unpredictable world we now inhabit. Can’t believe we were supposed to spend this evening together in person. Our travel plans for this month feel like a dream put on indefinite hold ... may good things, like this book, keep our spirits strong xx

  2. I'm sorry you had a hard day at work. It is scary to think about everything right now. And I'm sad about how everything has changed.

    I like those lines from Psalm 90 too. <3

  3. I like that. You have literally numbered your days with your blog title! I'm going to look for that book.

  4. Dear Klara,
    I guess we have taken for granted that our lives and jobs seemed fairly safe... even though in reality our days have always been numbered, but we forgot about that?
    Sending much love!