Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Thoughts - August 31, 2016

To live only for some future goal is shallow.
It's the sides of the mountain that sustain life, not the top.
Here's where things grow." Robert M. Pirsig.

"Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance" was a book that reached out to my soul several decades ago.....(not to mention I had to read it for several classes - and then it was a 'read aloud' with my hubby, a great gift we gave each other for several years). Mr. Pirsig, I learned today, was a child genius with some mental health issues along the way. To me, that makes his writing all the more profound, touched by all the issues of simply living. I realize that "future goals" are important, yet I've always admired people who somehow keep their eyes on the prize, but live each day as (if) it was precious, too. It is our relationships, friendships, daily walks, times of meditation and prayer and reflection, our fun, our hoeing in the garden and hanging clothes on the line, our dancing and twirling and giggling, our hugs, our catching-up with folks, our reaching out a helping hand........these moments are what sustain us as we head toward that goal. - Beth Almond Ford

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