Lightly Child, Lightly

I’m lighter than anything. I can hear elephant seals head-butting one another on Sand Dollar Beach ten miles away, the whoosh of the brown pelicans way below at Limekiln, gray whales groaning fifty meters off the shore at Kirk Creek; I am IMAX, high-definition Dolby, whatever.

~ A. K. Benjamin, Let Me Not Be Mad: My Story of Unraveling Mind (Dutton, June 11, 2019)


  • Photo: Stephen Cain
  • 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. Like David Attenborough on speed. 😜

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  2. senses awakened. take it all in –

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  3. What I feel here (in order to ‘hear’ all that….) is a place of great silence, serendipity, beauty, a calm beach, no people, no noise, no overload of emotions, happenings, music, hectic! And yet, it is spoken of IMAX – oh, ANYWAY – well, best not to think about it – I wanna keep my cool & peaceful


  4. Edgy hyper sensitivity….

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  5. I can hear them talking. The one on the left starts every sentence with “I” and brags all day. The one on the right is saying, “Oh come off it. That’s a load of bull tweety and you know it.”

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  6. Relax... says:

    I do haz the dumb, occasionally, so, maybe it’s me, but I can’t figure out what he’s trying to convey!

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  7. If I ignore the text, I picture the conversation like this:
    “I’m telling you, Bud. The guy came outta nowhere with this funny looking thing on his face.”
    “Oh yeah, what did you do?”
    “He told me to smile.”
    “So I did. Scare the living daylights outta him!”

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