Lightly Child, Lightly

The truth? The truth about all this?… We’re doing the best we can, we really are. We’re trying to be grown-up and love each other and understand how the hell you’re supposed to insert USB leads. We’re looking for something to cling on to, something to fight for, something to look forward to. We’re doing all we can to teach our children how to swim. We have all of this in common, yet most of us remain strangers, we never know what we do to each other, how your life is affected by mine. Perhaps we hurried past each other in a crowd today, and neither of us noticed, and the fibers of your coat brushed against mine for a single moment and then we were gone. I don’t know who you are. But when you get home this evening, when this day is over and the night takes us, allow yourself a deep breath. Because we made it through this day as well. There’ll be another one along tomorrow.

—  Fredrik Backman, “Anxious People: A Novel” (Atria Books, September 8, 2020) 


Notes:

  • Fredrik Backman portrait by Casper Hedberg for The New York Times
  • 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.”

Comments

  1. How lovely, David.
    Connections can be so fleeting yet profound. We just never know.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. the butterfly effect

    Liked by 2 people

  3. “We’re doing the best we can…” Especially true these days. And yes, the impact of small connections can be magnificent. Ripples in the pond….☺️

    Liked by 3 people

  4. This is my next book in the queue, and I can’t wait. These words comfort me like few do these days..

    Liked by 3 people

  5. Sounds about right!

    Liked by 1 person

  6. Yes and Amen …

    too bad about the dissatisfied expression though – the message gives advice for hope.

    Liked by 1 person

  7. Yes, another one today…

    Liked by 1 person

  8. Reblogged this on It Is What It Is and commented:
    Yes, we are!! The best we can … “But when you get home this evening, when this day is over and the night takes us, allow yourself a deep breath. Because we made it through this day as well. There’ll be another one along tomorrow.” — Fredrik Backman, “Anxious People: A Novel” (Atria Books, September 8, 2020) .

    Liked by 1 person

  9. I miss people. No stranger brushing against me or being in a crowd …. Doing the best I can seems easier in isolation.

    Liked by 2 people

  10. My first reaction: he looks like a little boy trying not to cry, trying to be brave…reminiscent of the 3 year old boy from the other day, needing someone strong and loving to let him know that he will be alright…. As adults we have to find that within our selves….

    Liked by 1 person

  11. Just started reading his latest book last night. I’m hooked.

    Liked by 1 person

  12. that deep breath must feel wonderful… I’ll have to give it a try…

    Liked by 1 person

  13. Lovely words.

    Liked by 1 person

  14. That we are… doing the best we can; trying to notice the little things and breathing. We keep forgetting to take deep breaths.

    Liked by 1 person

  15. This is perhaps one of my favorite of your blogs, enough that I shared it on FB. It echoes what I think we’re all needing to hear.
    Namaste, friend.

    Liked by 1 person

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: