Far from an ordinary life

For the past eighty years I have started each day in the same manner. It is not a mechanical routine but something essential to my daily life. I go to the piano, and I play two preludes and fugues of Bach. I cannot think of doing otherwise. It is a sort of benediction on the house … It is a rediscovery of the world of which I have the joy of being a part. It fills me with awareness of the wonder of life, with a feeling of the incredible marvel of being a human being. The music is never the same for me, never. Each day it is something new, fantastic and unbelievable.*
Pablo Casals

May all that is unlived in you,
Blossom into a future,
Graced with love.**

John O’Donohue

Our birth is wrapped in wonder and mathematical improbability.

This is something we can remember or ignore at the beginning of each day.

Helping each other to remember is one of the most precious gifts we can give to each other.

*Pablo Casals, quoted in Maria Popova’s The Marginalian: Music and the Mystery of Aliveness;
**From John O’Donohue’s Benedictus: To Come Home to Yourself.

2 thoughts on “Far from an ordinary life

  1. Another delightful-delirium of lines! I was thinking of your sketch, but I suppose that remark could apply to any of it!

    Here’s another quote that seems to fit:

    “If we find ourselves with a desire that nothing in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that we were made for another world.” ― C.S. Lewis

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