“And all the loveliest things there be
come simply, so it seems to me.” – Edna St. Vincent Millay
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William Wordsworth, in his poem, “I Wandered Lonely As a Cloud”, recalls a setting of thousands of daffodils that he had come across during a walk along his beloved bay, and he suddenly realizes–only as he recollects this scene at a later time–just what beauty he had passed that day. “I gazed–and gazed–but little thought, what wealth the show to me had brought…”
How often do you gaze, with little thought given to the richness of the view? How many bird songs, rivers’ laughter, sighing winds, scarlet horizons, printed words, starry skies, blooming meadows do you not see…hear…feel because your life is set to Speed Dial?
We insist on faster computers, quicker internet connections, speedier checkouts, ways of doing things that are time-saving and more instantly gratifying……
I’ve had a draft of this post written to this point for three days and can’t seem to conclude the way I want to. I believe I had things I wanted to say that are better left alone. :) So, I’ll bring this diatribe to a merciful conclusion by just reminding you to stop and smell the roses. I never used to — I’ve always been one of those how-much-can-I-cram-into-this-day sort of gals, but no more. I had an ah-hah moment — nothing earth-shattering or interesting to speak about — just a quiet realization that my focus was waaaay off, on things that really didn’t matter. How much more important to look up into a star-speckled sky and let that true sense of awe wrap itself around you? Well, you get my drift.
Before I end this, two small celebrations to share with you: Charlie and I are officially THREE months smoke-free (Jan 24); and I recently rolled over 30,000 visitors (since Sept 08). I was going to offer up a small contest for the visitor who was closest to 30,000 but WordPerfect are “playing” with their stats widget and my total went from 30K to 15K in a day, so the count wouldn’t have been reliable. I believe it’s back to a true number again. Whoo-hoo on both counts!