I was undecided whether or not to use another quote for my next blog. My husband said it was a bit long and I know that it may take 2 readings at least to get the most out of the quote, but I’ve decided to post it! (Often the good things in life take effort and hard work!)
For those short on time, a summary quote:
“We believe we are in touch with a greater amount of people…This is the illusion which might cheat us of being in touch deeply with the one breathing next to us.”
While having a beautiful walk on the beach with my lovely sister I found myself talking about this whole quote so that sealed it, ‘yes, blog it!’ So, for those with more time, here is the extended version.
“The secret of full life is to live and relate to others as if they might not be there tomorrow, as if you might not be there tomorrow. It eliminates the vice of procrastination, the sin of postponement, failed communications, failed communions. This thought has made me more and more attentive to all encounters, meetings, introductions, which might contain the seed of depth that might be carelessly overlooked. This feeling has become a rarity and rarer every day now that we have reached a hastier and more superficial rhythm, now that we believe we are in touch with a greater amount of people, more people, more countries. This is the illusion which might cheat us of being in touch deeply with the one breathing next to us. The dangerous time when mechanical voices, radios, telephones, take the place of human intimacies, and the concept of being in touch with millions brings a greater and greater poverty in intimacy and human vision.”
From Brainpickings, (A blog by Maria Popova), “Anais Nin on the Meaning of Life and the Dangers of the Internet (1946)”, which was featured in Dumbo Feather magazine Issue 36 Page28
This quote spoke to me about the value of living in the now, in a world that is so fast. It is amazing to think it was written in 1946! It also reminded me of the value of being in the moment and relating to kids in the class in a world that is so results driven!
How did it speak to you?