WHO WILL CRY WHEN YOU DIE [CHAPTER 21]......Spend a Day Without Your Watch


                              21.
           Spend a Day Without Your Watch


Last fall, I did something I have not done for many years: I left my watch at home and spent an entire day without looking at the time. Rather than living by the clock and planning everything I was going to do that day, I simply lived for the moment and did whatever I felt like doing. I became a true humanbeing rather than merely a human doing.
    Early in the morning, I went for a walk deep in the woods, one of my favorite things to do. With me, I carried an old paperback copy of Walden by the social philosopher Henry David Thoreau, a book I have come to love. After finding a beautiful place to sit and read, I experienced one of those moments of synchronicity where something perfect happens at just the right time. For me it was randomly opening the book and finding the following paragraph in front of me:

         I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately,

         to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could

         not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die,

         discover that I had not lived. I did not wish to live
         what was not life, living is so dear; nor did I wish to practice

         resignation, Unless it was quite necessary. I wanted to live deep

         and suck out all the marrow of life, to live so sturdily and

         Spartan – like as to put to rout all that was not life…
    I reflected on this great man’s words and soaked up the miraculous beauty of the scene around me. The rest of the day was spent in a bookshop, watchingToy Story with my kids, relaxing with the family on our patio and listening to my favorite pieces of music. Nothing expensive. Nothing complicated. But completely fun.




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