I always hope and even expect that summer will move at a slower pace, that I will be refueled and restored, able to face the fall season and my creative work with renewed energy. But alas, once again, time has flown, I’ve worked frantically, and I’m crawling into August exhausted (and way behind on blog posting), hoping I can salvage something of this summer before the hardy mums arrive.
Looking back through my blog archives, I realize I wrote about this same dilemma last August. And so as a reminder to myself, I will once again post this fabulous quote from Joan Didion, which hopefully will help me slow myself down and enjoy these final glorious summer days:
“I’m not telling you to make the world better, because I don’t think that progress is necessarily part of the package. I’m just telling you to live in it. Not just to endure it, not just to suffer it, not just to pass through it, but to live in it. To look at it. To try to get the picture. To live recklessly. To take chances. To make your own work and take pride in it. To seize the moment. And if you ask me why you should bother to do that, I could tell you that the grave’s a fine and private place, but none I think do there embrace. Nor do they sing there, or write, or argue, or see the tidal bore on the Amazon, or touch their children. And that’s what there is to do and get it while you can and good luck at it.”
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