Tuesday, February 09, 2010

A very spacious way of life

Artist: Ion Andreescu
Image from Wikimedia Commons

I know of a certainty that I have posted this before. But it really merits a repeat here:

On Arturo Toscanini's eightieth birthday, someone asked his son, Walter, what his father ranked as his most important achievement. The son replied, "For him there can be no such thing. Whatever he happens to be doing at the moment is the biggest thing in his life -- whether it is conducting a symphony or peeling an orange.

-- Ardis Whitman

It would do us some good, I think, to let go of our attachment to hierachies of accomplishments. Many wonderfully beneficial and enjoyable activities are too easily devalued with all the rankings we manage to devise.

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