Lightly Child, Lightly.

I remember one morning getting up at dawn. There was such a sense of possibility. You know, that feeling. And I… I remember thinking to myself: So this is the beginning of happiness, this is where it starts. And of course there will always be more… never occurred to me it wasn’t the beginning. It was happiness. It was the moment, right then.

— Michael Cunningham, The Hours: The Novel


  • 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.”
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  1. Yes…every morning

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  2. bam. yes

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  3. Oh, to hold tight the morning feeling!

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  4. YES. Loved that book. The quote is thundering in its simplicity. This IS it. Soak it in.

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  5. Indeed, it is in that moment of happiness that we are happy…so simple isn’t it? Great share David.

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  6. Ah-h to be in this holy instant…or, if not, to remember that we can be there again…and again!
    Thank you, David.

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  7. It’s good to look to the future and have goals (long term and short term) but this is a good reminder not to forget to enjoy the here and now.

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  8. Adored the movie and promised myself to read the book too.
    Such powerful words and simply. Yes.

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  9. I do think happiness is ephemeral. What we Can aspire to and attain full-time is what Hariod Brawn terms “contentedness.” And yes, it’s still nice to enjoy a little spark of happy now and again 😉

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  10. Right then. I feel it.

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