AnElephantCant write this on time
He is kinda busy yesterday
Instead of this post
He travels down the coast
And spends a day wandering around old St Tropez
So, as a junior member of the supporting cast in Al’s brilliant new challenge here, he feels he has let his chum down slightly.
He asks both his loyal readers to take a moment to check out this page to see some superb interpretations of the Japanese Haibun, a literary form which explores the relationship between man and nature.
For this week’s challenge AnElephant chooses the quote:
“Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.”
Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
Life is Short
He sits in the January sunshine, gazing at a slightly turbulent Mediterranean Sea.
In the past few days rainfall has been unusually heavy in the Department of Var, southern France, where he lives.
There has been, tragically, loss of life.
There has been huge damage to property, and roads swept away by landslides.
As always, natural disaster causes him, like most people, to contemplate life.
And how it is lived.
He is a believer in living to the full, enjoying it.
Not hedonistically, and not selfishly, but nevertheless in the moment.
He considers some quotations he can relate to.
A favourite is from Robert Heinlein, an influential American science fiction writer beloved of his hippy generation for Stranger in a Strange Land.
He said ‘Life is short, live wide’.
Which is, he feels, excellent advice.
Perhaps contradictorily, more than a century ago Welsh poet William Davies asked the question
‘What is this life if, full of care,
We have no time to stand and stare?’
So he takes a few moments to ponder that too, perhaps proving the value of the words.
Then decides it is time to get moving.
He has a simple personal philosophy:
‘Every day is an adventure’.
Life goes on.
life is for living
we have a whole world to enjoy
in every moment