“The secret of a full life is to live and relate to others as if they might not be there tomorrow. It eliminates the vice of procrastination, the sin of postponement, failed communications, failed communions. This thought has made me more and more attentive to all encounters, meetings, introductions, which might contain the seed of depth that might be carelessly overlooked.
This feeling has become a rarity, and rarer every day now that we have reached a hastier and more superficial rhythm, now that we believe we are in touch with a greater amount of people, more people, more countries.
This is the illusion which might cheat us of being in touch deeply with the one breathing next to us. The dangerous time when mechanical voices, radios, telephones, take the place of human intimacies, and the concept of being in touch with millions brings a greater and greater poverty in intimacy and human vision.” ~ Anais Nin ~ Written in… 1946!
I’m not clever enough to put thoughts and words together like this, but I thank God that some do have that talent.
I hope you can find some relevance in this. Furthermore, if you can’t, forgive my indulgence and please come back for more irreverent nonsense.
Bob, This is a wonderful quote. Some people are before their time. “The secret of a full life is to live and relate to others as if they might not be there tomorrow” is the quote that speaks most loudly to me. It brings to mind thoughts of living your life to the fullest because we never know what could happen in the next second or minute. And, of course, always let people know how much they mean to you.
We are kindred spirits Susan. My posts are usually nonsense but this qoute was so good I decided to share it. So glad you were moved by the wisdom of those words.
Bob, I have to follow up and say, I have read that quote about four times, now and put up my computer and went and hugged my wife. We do that a lot, anyway, but thanks, again.
The tough exterior you present to the world has never fooled me.
Wow, thanks for sharing. Very, very good points about treating interaction with people as if tomorrow will not come. It kind of makes me want to call you back and apologize for saying how strange of a person you are. 🙂
But, seriously….good thoughts. Now, if you will excuse me, I must get back on Facebook, return a text and stream another movie on Netflix.
Great point. It’s as relevant today as it was in 1946…which was way before the Internet and all the time it takes from us.
“This is the illusion which might cheat us of being in touch deeply with the one breathing next to us.” So pleased you liked. The words in quotes are, for me, the meat of the post.