Friday, July 15, 2016

The wisdom of Annie Dillard (part 2)


"How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives."

Annie Dillard (b1945)
American author


If Annie Dillard had written this aphorism and nothing else (like Pilgrim at Tinker Creek), I would count her as a wise and glorious writer.

If she had written “How we spend our days is how we spend our lives,” she would have squandered the power of her insight. Of course what she said is true, and of course we often lose sight of that truth, and of course we are surprised to confront it in this collection of ordinary words that has extraordinary importance.

The days of our lives are exactly that. “Seize the day” is easy guidance. It is sobering indeed to acknowledge the reminder that living is sowing and gathering, and the implicit harvest is a life. 
Julien Dupre, Peasant and Hay







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