Saturday, January 9, 2010

Perfect Moment Monday- Quotable Quotidian

My Perfect Moment came during my attempt to find my island (see below).
I realized that I have started saying "when" for things that always used to be
prefaced by "if" or "if,then."
I am so thankful for my mind aligning with my heart. They are
getting along better now.
I feel very optimistic about many things that used to plague me.
Here's to "when" moments and the perfection of having control over your own life.

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I have spoken often of my love for the Thousand Islands.
Here is a quote from the book, "Of Time and an Island" by John Keats.

Background: This is a true life story of John and his wife Margaret. They were given a wonderful opportunity to purchase an island from her brother who is wealthy. The couple toils with the predicament of affordability and passing up the chance of a lifetime.

It is a crossroads of sorts. The decision is monumental and life altering.

"We were being offered an opportunity to buy something that cannot be sold. After all, what value can you put on sunlight silences, deep clear water, the changing light on antique stone, the comfort of trees, the mysteries of fishing, on making love on the summer grasses of an island of your own?...There is no monetary exchange that can assign a value to privacy or freedom."

"Each of us needs something of an island in his life- if not an actual island, at least some place, or space in time, in which to be himself, free to cultivate his difference from others."

"We could not afford to buy the island. But neither could we afford not to buy the island."


This rings true on many levels.
There is a strong parallel with my feelings on trying to have a family.
There is no value to be placed on raising a child, loving a child, being a parent.
For some, like my husband and I, we had to find ways financially to create our family.
For us there was no other choice. For many there is no other choice.
The desire is too strong.

I hope everyone finds their island. I am slowly finding mine.

And, I also hope you have a place like the Thousand Islands in your life.
A place of history, beauty, and full of the richness of life and nature.


Anonymous said...

Yup, I have been there and it's beautiful!

Quiet Dreams said...

Love that quote.

That was how I felt about ART when I was married and "trying." I couldn't afford not to try.

Kristin said...

What a truly beautiful quote.

Once A Mother said...

i love that "when" idea, and am hoping to get there too... thank you for sharing this very important moment


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