Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Live deep and suck out all the marrow of life

This is a video of what this husband does every day for his wife with Alzheimer's. Sometimes I laugh at myself as I work for hours in the yard or spend time planning what artwork to put on my walls. These tasks we complete are so temporary. What I do to my home or yard, will not last. But it brings me joy, so I nest and I garden. I hope to not get carried away with my stuff. I don't want to get so distracted that I forget to make time for those I love and time for life experiences.

"I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived. I did not wish to live what was not life, living is so dear; nor did I wish to practice resignation, unless it was quite necessary. I wanted to live deep and suck out all the marrow of life, to live so sturdily and Spartan-like as to put to rout all that was not life, to cut a broad swath and shave close, to drive life into a corner, and reduce it to its lowest terms, and, if it proved to be mean, why then to get the whole and genuine meanness of it, and publish its meanness to the world; or if it were sublime, to know it by experience, and be able to give a true account of it in my next excursion." -- Henry David Thoreau from Walden

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