Stand and stare

Sometimes it would be nice to press pause and enjoy the moment, rather than stressing about to do lists, where to go next and what’s happening tomorrow. As I type this I have in mind the lines from a well known poet who basically observed life is pointless if we don’t appreciate it. It goes something like this:

What is this life if, full of care,
We have no time to stand and stare.

No time to stand beneath the boughs
And stare as long as sheep or cows.

No time to see, when woods we pass,
Where squirrels hide their nuts in grass.

No time to see, in broad daylight,
Streams full of stars, like skies at night.

No time to turn at Beauty’s glance,
And watch her feet, how they can dance.

No time to wait till her mouth can
Enrich that smile her eyes began.

A poor life this is if, full of care,
We have no time to stand and stare.       

BY William Henry Davies.

He was from Wales, which figures as it is one of the most unspoilt and beautiful landscapes I have come across.

My favourite line is ‘No time to wait til her mouth can enrich that smile her eyes began’, because (for me) it also refers to spending time on human relationships and soaking up every moment with family and friends. Imagine if your back turned on smiling eyes – it would shut-out so much promise of an even happier moment.

I also  have to remind myself of the greater world outside of the personal ‘bubble’. Ignorance is our greatest enemy in making our world a better place for all. Some people revel and bask in ignorance whereas I work hard to fight it. A while ago I asked Unicef what would make the biggest difference to children living in poverty and they answered with the fight against climate change. I wrote to my MP but didn’t get a response. I shall try again….If everyone spent 5 minutes a day lobbying for more to be done on climate change they would start to listen and we would make those political leaders stop and stare. Having read the Campbell diaries on the Blair years it is astonishing the number of issues politicians have to juggle at any one time. Unsurprisingly it is the issues that bother the voting public the most that get the focus of attention. So, in the case of climate change, we need to be making more noise to get it pushed up the agenda. It would make a refreshing change from all the rhetoric on the economy wouldn’t it?

I am blogging every day to raise money for Unicef. See more on my campaign here.

Thanks for reading.

 

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