Wednesday, 12 January 2011

There is beauty in small things

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 and 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.
 WH Davies

I was going to post this today anyway because it's been in my head. But then I heard that someone I knew when I was younger died yesterday before her time and it just reinforced that we all need to take time to live our lives, notice the joy and beauty around us and not put off happiness if we have the opportunity for it. We should grab life and love with both hands and hold it close to ourselves, enjoying its warmth and sharing it with others. We should take time to celebrate the beauty around us.

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