05 July 2011

what is this life if... more on fiji

what is this life if, full of care,
we have no time to stand and stare.
No time to stand beneath the boughs
And stare as long as sheep or cows.
No time to see, when woods we pass,
Where squirrels hide their nuts in grass.
No time to see, in broad daylight,
Streams full of stars, like skies at night.
No time to turn at Beauty's glance,
And watch her feet, how they can dance.
No time to wait till her mouth can
Enrich that smile her eyes began.
A poor life this if, full of care,
We have no time to stand and stare.

(William Henry Davies)

we had this lovely discussion with Zoe one day
about slowing down
and taking the time to look at what is around us
and enjoying the beauty this is truly part of our lives
often we are so rushed with kids, and life generally
that we forget to stop and look around
and zoe recited this beautiful poem to me
and i was taken by what is so obvious
and that was written so beautifully
to the point that i wrote this poem on our sliding door
and had another discussion about it with my children
i think of these words of wisdom often
and start looking around
and then i realise there is so much to admire
so much to feel blessed with
that make our lives delightful

on the last day in fiji it rained
so i took my camera out
and took some pictures
to remind myself
that even in bad weather
beauty is around us

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