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Living In This Earth

November 27th, 2007

     You can probably tell that I enjoy quotes.   For me they help frame the context of my life and thoughts.  Sometimes quotes help to understand the context of someone else’s life, especially those who lived long ago.  I find that the neat thing about quotes is that they come to you at different times… when reading a book, browsing a web site or forum, listening to others, or talking with a friend.   Recently I connected with a very close old friend… losing touch mostly due to the constraints of time and space, and being a world apart for much of the past 20 years.   He offered a quote from Thoreau that I thought worth sharing.

“Many people live on this earth, however, very few people live in this earth.” 

     I love that quote… it says so much.  In many ways, it speaks to the reason we are where we are, and what I hope the young boy will learn about himself, his life and the world around us.  I shake my head most of the time with the realization that I’m just beginning to understand what living here is all about.   Looking at Thoreau with renewed interest, I found this quote, remembered too from the past, and wonderfully fitting as a testament to the way my friend lives his life:

“You must live in the present, launch yourself on every wave, find your eternity in each moment.”

Henry David Thoreau

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