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Lightly my darling, on tiptoes
July 1, 2013, 1:20 am
Filed under: brave new world, the sweet life | Tags: , , ,

From as early as I can remember, I’ve had a serious streak, scoldy, and humourless. In my undergrad a girl called me IYM, for intense young man.  I don’t think I’ve shaken it quite, still striving, overreaching, catastrophizing, sweating.  Having fun, yes, but returning too often to the youthful seriousness. Here’s the antidote:

“It’s dark because you are trying too hard. Lightly child, lightly. Learn to do everything lightly. Yes, feel lightly even though you’re feeling deeply. Just lightly let things happen and lightly cope with them.

I was so preposterously serious in those days, such a humorless little prig.
Lightly, lightly – it’s the best advice ever given me.
When it comes to dying even. Nothing ponderous, or portentous, or emphatic.
No rhetoric, no tremolos,
no self conscious persona putting on its celebrated imitation of Christ or Little Nell.
And of course, no theology, no metaphysics.
Just the fact of dying and the fact of the clear light.

So throw away your baggage and go forward.
There are quicksands all about you, sucking at your feet,
trying to suck you down into fear and self-pity and despair.
That’s why you must walk so lightly.
Lightly my darling,
on tiptoes and no luggage,
not even a sponge bag,
completely unencumbered.”

― Aldous HuxleyIsland

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“Quicksands all about you, sucking at your feet.” Yes, yes. So many traps and distractions, so much seriousness and heaviness.

Strange that folks believe gravity a heavy thing. All of us fall no faster than a feather only a bit quicker.

Quickersand, quickersand, stucking our floating feet.

Be light, be the light
falling as fast as
a sunlit feather.

Comment by Keith Wayne Brown

Well put – thanks!

Comment by Peter Rudd

🙂

Comment by Keith Wayne Brown

Reblogged this on Reason & Existenz.

Comment by Keith Wayne Brown

perfect. thank you. i needed this right now 🙂

Comment by The Global Perambulator




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