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Is the hectic pace of modern life detrimental to the human spirit?

By Marcus Santer

The Saturday quote:

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 if, full of care,
We have no time to stand and stare.

Leisure – poem by Welsh poet W.H.Davies

During Edwardian times, WH Davies become famous as a working class poet.

He was certainly an interesting character:

He wrote ‘Leisure’ in 1911, his warning that the hectic pace of modern life was detrimental to the human spirit.

I wonder what he’d think of ‘the hectic pace of modern life’ 104 years later?

I reckon his head would explode =)

But his message still rings as true today as it did 104 years ago.

Do you know what I mean?

Personally I find it nigh on impossible to find time to stand and stare. I can’t even seem to go to the toilet without taking some electronic gadget with me so I can surf the net or play backgammon.

Too much information maybe, but I bet I’m not the only one reading this who does that!

So in the spirit of taking more time to stand and stare I’m going to make an effort to keep the Saturday and Sunday ZEN+ posts as short as possible from now on.

I’ll spend less time writing and you’ll spend less time reading.

And together we can spend more time seeing where the squirrels hide their nuts in grass.

Or whatever else you like to do =)

Have a wonderful weekend whatever you’re doing.

Bye for now


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