Lightly Child, Lightly.

And what is time?
A child at play, now arranging his pebbles, now scattering them.”

— Heraclitus, Fragment 79 as collected by Lucianus in Vitarum Auctio 14 and translated by G. T. W. Patrick (1988)



  • Photo: “The Hand Chaser” by Marta Everest (via Quote: Journal of a Nobody
  • Prior “Lightly child, lightly” Posts? Connect here.
  • 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. Fleeting, that’s what it is. (And I LOVE this image, pal…) Happy Holiday Friday!

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  2. and we just travel through it. very temporary visitors.

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  3. Absolutely true and time is surely fleeting and how. A wonderful picture of time.

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  4. Mr. Militant Negro says:

    Reblogged this on The Militant Negro™.

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  5. Precious moments only children really understand. 🖐

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  6. We have all lived through the moments of innocent wonderment. I miss those days of innocence. Ignorance WAS bliss.

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  7. Beautiful! We’re always hoping this child is having 😊

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  8. Einstein would say, It’s all relative, isn’t it?

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  9. Love, love, love this…

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  10. I love photos like this that get you thinking. What is going through that little girl’s mind? I can almost hear the conversation in her head.

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  11. Happy to know that this child’s moment of discovery was captured…play the root of discovery…leading, building the ‘reach’ to long term, learning. She is so darling…her little hand dwarfed by the guiding hand…so interesting that the sweet child is holding up her opposite hand to the large hand image in the photo…the photo in itself is a double take…

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  12. Reblogged this on It Is What It Is and commented:
    Lightly … always. Softly and carefully!!


  13. this pulls the heart and the mind; it is pure loveliness David 🙂

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  14. and no one has remarked about the smiley face on the end of the thumb in the photo…the little one, such darling innocent…

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  15. Do you realize that the photographer was chronicling the lives of her children in her work…

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