There’s something about always pursuing tomorrow so you don’t have to think about today that quietly robs you of life.

I always wondered what Winston Churchill meant when he said ‘men occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of them pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing ever happened.’

The illusion that being busy is the same as being productive and realising that majoring in minor things is just noisy static that gives you an excuse for not having the courage to take your nose of the grindstone and see where you are in life.

The sea will take you everywhere and nowhere if you don’t set your own course. Anyway, it ┬áreminded me of this poem:

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


 

‘Be bold and mighty forces will come to your aid.’

Basil King, clergyman and author

 

I never thought I’d be blogging the virtues of 80s electro popster Morten Harket but you find wisdom in the most unexpected of places:

“Talent is an interesting animal. Where does it come from? You can be very talented and have no self-confidence and you will never utter a word or sing a note. That bird will never fly because it just doesn’t dare to do it. It has a stronger voice in it that tells it that if it leaps out of the nest it will plummet to the ground and die.

“So I’m not sure anymore if talent is something that is just sprinkled on some people. I think we all possess a lot more than we are aware of, and that it is whether you believe that you do and try and open that thing in you that is the main difference between flying and not.”

Morten Harket, singer

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