We live in an age of instant solutions; a day where “quicker” has become a pseudonym of “better.” We have instant photographs, instant coffee, instant banking, online shopping, instant chatting, live telecasts and even Internet weddings! Instead of the good old home-cooked meals we now have microwave dinners, handwritten love notes are replaced by mechanical text messages, snail mail is practically unheard of as we now have email, parental pep talks for guidance are now replaced by Google time and smileys are exchanged instead of smiles! Come to think of it….we have all ( in one way/other) become the innocent victims of this dreadful malady : “the hurry sickness” ; the subtle instigator of many of the evils & illnesses in our lives today. The message is loud and clear but often we are too much in a hurry to even stop and listen. This poem I learnt in my school days speaks beautifully a truth we all may need to be reminded of.
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 and 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.
W. H. Davies
Let’s try and make a deliberate effort to slow down, get in tune with nature, laugh some and learn more. Sharing some points I really enjoyed from this write up found circulating the Net via email. Enjoy!
“All I Need to Know about Life I Learned from a Cow”- Author unknown
1. Wake up in a happy mooo-d.
2. Don’t cry over spilled milk.
3. The grass is green on the other side of the fence.
4. Turn the udder cheek and mooo-ve on.
5. Never stoop to a barnyard mentality.
6. Seize every opportunity and milk it for all its worth!
7. It’s better to be seen and not herd.
8. Honor thy fodder and thy mother and all your udder relatives.
9. Munch hay while the sun shines.
10. He who lives with the herd,learns to watch his step.
11. Never take any bull from anybody.
12. Black and white is always an appropriate fashion statement.
13. Don’t forget to cow-nt your blessings every day.
14.Successful people are “moo-vers and shakers.”
15. If you’re feeling low, moo yourself a little song.
Nugget of Life : “Knowing trees, I understand the meaning of patience. Knowing grass, I can appreciate persistence.”-Har Borland
Have an amazing week!