Friday, July 03, 2009

Something else about time

Oh my. I really love this. It is marvelously encouraging and consoling:

The chief beauty about time
is that you cannot waste it in advance.
The next year, the next day, the next hour
are lying ready for you,
as perfect, as unspoiled,
as if you had never wasted or misapplied
a single moment in all your life.
You can turn over a new leaf every hour
if you choose.

-- Arnold Bennett, 1867-1931

You know, so many slogans and sayings of the "conventional wisdom" variety warn of the terrible consequences of wasting time. This takes a whole new approach.

And, anyway, what some people call "wasting time", I call giving myself permission just to be. We all need that. And people around us need it in us, too!

1 comment:

  1. Anonymous12:45 PM

    I really like this. It is a different perspective. Marilyn


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