Monday, June 13, 2011

Don't Miss the Afternoon of Life

Photo by Dayle

We Americans, with our terrific emphasis on youth, action and material success, certainly tend to belittle the afternoon of life and even pretend it never comes.
We push the clock back and try to prolong the morning, overreaching and overstraining ourselves in the unnatural effort.
We do not succeed, of course. We cannot compete with our sons and daughters. And what a struggle it is to race with these overactive and under-wise adults!
In our breathless attempts we often miss the flowering that waits for afternoon.

~ Anne Morrow Lindbergh - Gift from the Sea (Published, 1955)



19 comments:

  1. Oh how very true. I am happy to watch my young daughters race around from school to jobs and wherever all the while I care for the younger two and enjoy life from my home.

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  2. Your timing is perfect.
    Thanks for "waking" me up.

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  3. Dayle,
    When you get to my stage of life, this becomes even more true. Even trying to keep up with my middle aged children is sometimes too much! I really like the comment "we tend to belittle the afternoon of life and even pretend it never comes." I have slowed down to be better able to appreciate the afternoon.


    ~Jean

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  4. Wahhhhhhhhh! Where's my Kleenex?
    My 20-year old girl just "flew" the nest for the first time summer to be a church camp counselor.
    She'll be back mid-August.
    I will miss her, but how can I stop her or hinder God's blessings for her?
    My prayer for her? "Strengthen those wings, my daughter, and blossom into a radiant masterpiece!! God's timing is your timing!"
    Loved this, Dayle!
    And loved your SIMPLER cobbler recipe!
    This dummy will try it, and then revise my post!
    Thank you, sweet sister!
    HUGS!
    ~me

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  5. Beautiful words and a lovely photo. I'm sure it's not just Americans either.

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  6. Your garden is so beautiful!! I rather like where I am now. And I think I have said that about every age. :-)

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  7. I LOVED this! Soo true. Especially the line... We cannot compete with our sons and daughters. And what a struggle it is to race with these overactive and under-wise adults!
    Perfect....HUGS, Debbie

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  8. Love this, Dayle. If that were true in 1955, how much more so for today.

    Beautiful photo!

    Blessings,
    Joan

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  9. I want to bask in the afternoon of life and enjoy every second to the max. Thanks for the reminder. Loved it. Susan

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  10. @ GardenofDaisies - Thanks for stopping by ... and if only that were my garden. :) That photo was taken at an arboretum not far from where I live. It's a magical place.

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  11. In our breathless attempts we often miss the flowering that waits for afternoon.

    I am enjoying those flowers.

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  12. Oh you have no idea how much I needed to read this, Dayle.

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  13. I love "Gifts of the Sea." One of my favorites. Need to read it again. It's almost as if the writer was writing about today, not 50 years ago.

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  14. Every season has its own beauty and I find that the older I get the more I savor it. Many are missing out looking back. This is beautiful, Dayle. Thx.

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  15. Dayle,

    This quote is filled with much wisdom, and I enjoyed it very much. I think I need to put this quote next to my mirror as well as my bathroom scale to remind me to embrace the facts of life. :)

    Thanks for the reminder.

    -L. Rose

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  16. And this was published in 1955 - nothing much has changed has it? Wise words.

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