Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Dust if You Must

My Mom is always telling me to slow down and treasure my time a little more.  I just laugh and run faster into the swirl of work and kids and the stuff that takes all of my time and energy.  She sent me this today and I can't help but notice how sweet and true this is. 

My family spent a lot of time living this past weekend and a lot less time dusting.  I liked it.


Dust if you must . . .

but wouldn't it be better to paint a picture or write a letter,
bake cookies or a cake and lick the spoon or plant a seed,
ponder the difference between want and need?

Dust if you must, but there's not much time . . .

with wine to drink, rivers to swim and mountains to climb,
music to hear and books to read, friends to cherish and life to lead.

Dust if you must . . .

but the world's out there with the sun in your eyes,
the wind in your hair, a flutter of snow, a shower of rain.
This day will not come around, again.

Dust if you must , but bear in mind,
old age will come and it's not kind....
And when you go - and go you must -
you, yourself will make more dust!

It's not what you gather , but what you scatter that tells what kind of life you have lived.


Emmy said...

Oh yeah I can show this to my husband to explain why I never dust :)

MiMi said...

Oh, this is really true! You always have the loveliest posts.

sitting on the mood swing at the playground said...

What a great photo and post!

Beth Zimmerman said...

Beautiful! And true of so much more than dusting! :)

Rachel Murphy said...

I love it and today I am NOT going to dust! I might even ignore the lunch dishes too! Being the rebel I am :)

Kim said...

I love it! Thanks for sharing!


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