It’s important to be heroic, ambitious, productive, efficient, creative and progressive but these qualities don’t necessarily nurture the soul. The soul has different concerns of equal value: downtime for reflection, conversation, and reverie; beauty that is captivating and pleasuring; and related to the environs and to people.”
~ Thomas Moore
The wisdom in this quote is timeless. It came to mind this past weekend as I found myself swinging on a swing in a graveyard of a historic little church in our area – the Hauge Log Church. The carefree swing hanging from a gracious oak tree and the worn gravestones was a poignant reminder of just how sweet and fleeting life is, especially on a gorgeous, sunshine-filled afternoon.
We do know a lot about being productive and efficient – they are traits we strive for in our daily lives, most certainly at work, and often, that same energy carries us through tasks when we arrive home in the evening. We know a lot about being heroic and ambitious, in one way or another, as we bravely push through fear towards a goal, as we step up and do what we need to do for our families and friends. [Read more…]