Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Something about dreams and choice

It's hard to put into words how the passage I'm sharing with you today affected me when I read it. I have viewed reality this way for a very long time - decades, really. But I have never before seen it expressed so well:

All men and women are born, live, suffer and die; what distinguishes us one from another is our dreams, whether they be dreams about worldly or unworldly things, and what we do to make them come about... We do not choose to be born. We do not choose our parents. We do not choose our historical epoch, the country of our birth, or the immediate circumstances of our upbringing. We do not, most of us, choose to die; nor do we choose the time and conditions of our death. But within this realm of choicelessness, we do choose how we live.

-- Joseph Epstein

2 comments:

  1. so beautiful. it really does say it so well. thank you so much for sharing this!

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  2. So delighted to have you visit, Mountainmama. Stay as long as you like and come back whenever you like!

    Many blessings to you ---

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