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Lightly child, lightly…

This piece by Aldous Huxley, from his book “Island” really made me think…

“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.
I was so preposterously serious in those days, such a humorless little prig.
Lightly, lightly – it’s the best advice ever given me.
When it comes to dying even. Nothing ponderous, or portentous, or emphatic.
No rhetoric, no tremolos,
no self-conscious persona putting on its celebrated imitation of Christ or Little Nell.
And of course, no theology, no metaphysics.
Just the fact of dying and the fact of the clear light.
So throw away your baggage and go forward.
There are quicksands all about you, sucking at your feet,
trying to suck you down into fear and self-pity and despair.
That’s why you must walk so lightly.
Lightly my darling,
on tiptoes and no luggage,
not even a sponge bag,
completely unencumbered.”


I am an unknown introvert who desires to touch the world with a little bit of magic...

8 thoughts on “Lightly child, lightly…

  1. That’s great advice! Reminds me of Oscar Wilde’s quote, “Life is too important to be taken seriously.” When I get overwhelmed I remind myself not to take it all so seriously….and now I will add, ‘walk lightly’. 🙂

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  2. Sage advice. Go Aldous! And, I full-on dig that Sue dragged Oscar Wilde in,. He’s a fave, that would have lots to say in few words here. I will layer in another Oscar Wilde gem about baggage and overburden: “Be yourself. Everyone else is taken.” And, Maat’s Justice of your heart weighed against a feather pre-Afterlife comes to mind to apply to Wilde’s “Be yourself” comment.

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