Lightly child, lightly


I cannot cause light;
the most I can do is try to put myself in the path of its beam.
It is possible, in deep space, to sail on solar wind.
Light, be it particle or wave, has force:
you rig a giant sail and go.
The secret of seeing is to sail on solar wind.
Hone and spread your spirit till you yourself are a sail,
whetted, translucent, broadside to the merest puff.

~ Annie Dillard, Pilgrim at Tinker Creek


  • Poem: Thank you Beth for your ongoing inspirations: Alive on All Channels
  • Art: Silvia Angelova (Bulgaria) (via The Sensual Starfish).
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  • Post Title & Inspiration: Aldous Huxley: “It’s dark because you are trying too hard. Lightly child, lightly. Learn to do everything lightly. Yes, feel lightly even though you’re feeling deeply. Just lightly let things happen and lightly cope with them.”


  1. Beautiful.

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  2. just step into the light for a brief moment and everything changes.

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    “The secret of seeing is to sail on solar wind.
    Hone and spread your spirit till you yourself are a sail”

    One thing though,
    You can cause light
    You have, my friend. You Have.

    You made my day with this post 🙂

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  4. how lovely the verse
    thank you David for sharing some light

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  5. Lovely imagery in her words. May the light be with you as you sail through today ☀️

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  6. Thanks David for your many shares. I think we have a lot to share. It’s always a wonderful thing to meet a kindred spirit.

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  7. christinesat says:

    Wow. So beautiful. What can I say..? Just beautiful. Thanks for sharing, David

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