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Life is precarious …

The tightrope walkers on Brighton beach told me that the older you are the more difficult it is to learn this balancing act. You can still do it they advised, it will simply take longer. Fortunately I have no desire to acquire this skill but watching the guys walk carefully and with immense aplomb along a tiny strip of cord made me think about how precarious life is.

This week a death in the family necessitated a house clearance. As we worked through all the belongings to sort out what to throw, keep and take to charity, it was apparent that a number of things had never been used. Lovely new things – perhaps being “kept for best” or “just in case”.  I wondered as I worked; how often do we delay doing, saying or enjoying things because we think we’ll have plenty time? Too often I suspect.

“Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment.” Buddha

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