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?


6 thoughts on “relationships

  1. “Live and relate to others as if they might not be there tomorrow”.
    “Being in touch deeply with the one breathing next to us”

    Yes, Rebekah, I do like this quote, and can’t believe it was written in 1946. Just a couple of comments. If I was to live my parenting days over again, I would have wanted a coach/mentor to drill into my mind the dangers of over commitment/overload where I was too busy and neglected or “carelessly overlooked” depth in a relationship.

    I am of the age now where my mother died suddenly, and I am sorry to say, I didn’t get the opportunity to say goodbye to her, the woman who gave me life! Now that my husband has been diagnosed with advanced prostate cancer, the need to be in touch with the one breathing next to me is in strong focus. We are in the season of marriage ” in sickness and health” where you realise life is transient. Living in the moment, appreciating the depth of our relationship of forty years, and remembering all the good times we have had together as a family are precious gifts .


    • Thankyou so much for what you have written and shared. I pray that you will be strengthened and encourage at this time.
      I think that you are spot on with having a mentor to ‘drill into our minds the danger of overcommitment’ and business which then effects the relationships with those we love! I think that is one of the great difficulties of having a family in this day and age or perhaps it has been like that in any day and age?! It is that whole taking for granted those around us! Thanks for encouraging me! R x


  2. Some things just don’t change and the fact that the article was written in 1946 shows ‘some things don’t change!!’ It is still relevant and something we all need to be reminded of in all our busyness. X
    Good on you Rebekah it was as good as I thought it would be.


  3. Hi There……….1946 isn’t that old hat !.
    I was in this stuff then-onwards and now!. That is; giving a love message in diverse ways.
    An added thought- we have to be willing to open up our lives ( but always in purity!)


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