Thursday, May 4, 2023


Sage minds of the past figured out something fundamental we often lose sight of in our world of modern distractions.
Two centuries ago Emily Dickinson advised: "Find ecstasy in life; the mere sense of living is joy enough." A hundred years earlier Jonathan Swift wrote: "May you live every day of your life."
Today is an opportunity, a gift. Treat it with mindfulness and gratitude.

There's an instructive story behind this picture. I took it at the site of the former World's Fair in Queens, NY a few years ago. I was using one of my vintage cameras for the first time. Looking for the best angle I walked around and around the Unisphere, staring at it from every perspective. Intently focused on that singular task I failed to see a crack in the pavement that caught my foot. I tumbled hard and tore skin off my left knee and hands. The camera flew 10 feet away. The place was empty so there was nobody around to help me. I just laid on the cold ground for a while, bleeding and trying to manage considerable pain.
The morale of the story is -- take a wide view of your life. Don't focus too intensely on one thing and miss other stuff around you.


  1. One of my favourite lines from a song: "Maybe time running out is a gift."

    Every day could be the last - enjoy it, stop, and look around.

    PS - I tripped and fell right in front of Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, in front of THOUSANDS of people. No one said anything! 99% of people are in their own heads. :)

  2. This is a beautiful way to look at life- and I love how you take all the lessons (even painful, scraped-knee ones!) and turn the into wisdom!

    Le Stylo Rouge

    1. Thank you. If we don't learn from experience, what's the point of it?

  3. Wise words, Ally! Sometimes we all need a reminder to live life to the full and stop focusing on the small stuff! xxx

  4. Ah, Minutiae consume us sometimes but they don't matter! Other things matter more! A lovely way to look at it Ally!