Lightly Child, Lightly

The sun sliced through the windshield, sealing me in light. I closed my eyes and felt the warmth on my eyelids. Sunlight traveled a long distance to reach this planet; an infinitesimal portion of that sunlight was enough to warm my eyelids. I was moved. That something as insignificant as an eyelid had its place in the workings on the universe, that the cosmic order did not overlook this momentary fact.

— Haruki Murakami, Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World



  • Photo: Prahalad Sanjeev Varma with Sun through the windshield. Quote: themindmovement
  • 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. Oh these poetic words – I can just feel the sun warming my eyelids. Returned very late last night after a very long drive, had a very bad cramp in my leg during the night, feel beaten and bone-tired and NOW the sun is out to warm my poor eyes, make them whole again, take out the itch and replace it with lovely images of light playing through the leaves of trees, space the surrounding with shafts of loveliness and telling me that this new day is going to be just wonderful!
    Shall look up the beautiful Haruki Murakami 🙂

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  2. David, my life gets weirder and weirder….. I actually have 2 books by Murakami: The Wind Up Bird Chronicle and Norwegian Woods. Might not have read NW yet but seem to vaguely remember having read the unusual and ‘cool’ Wind up bird chronicle….. That’s what you get when your reading list (only written down over the last maybe 10 years and with books I could still ‘trace’ back) contains nearly 2000 titles!

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  3. the power in that realization…

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  4. Was just sitting out in the garden yesterday, reveling in the afternoon sun and a light breeze as I read Krista Tippett’s book ‘Becoming Wise.’ A wonderful selection that you put me onto, and now I must add Murakami to the list!

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  5. montanalulu says:

    “when you read a line that is so well written, you just close the book and stare at the wall for a minute….”……:)

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  6. Christie says:

    Thank you for the introduction to Haruki Murakami…life is a wonderland.

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  7. Love Murakami.

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  8. Beautiful capture, David! Haruki’s words are so enchanting that I find it difficult to read the whole book.

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  9. Hiya David

    You change my life bit by bit with what you curate and post for us.
    Thank you!

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