In Search of a Better World

In Search of a Better World
Soul Searcher

Saturday, February 14, 2009

LIFE IS NOT A RACE

One of my favourite quotes used to be that in the "Rat Race" of life even if you come first, remember that you are still a rat, albiet the fastest one. This piece which came to me in the mail is a wonderful riposte to the concept that Life is a rat race. It is one only if we make it so. The choice as always is within.

This is a remarkably beautiful poem which implores us to enjoy each moment of the wonderful journey that is life.. I am advised that this poem was written by a terminally ill patient in a New York Hospital. Very tragic, poignant and moving

SLOW DANCE

Have you ever watched kids On a merry-go-round?
Or listened to the rain Slapping on the ground?
Ever followed a butterfly's erratic flight?
Or gazed at the sun into the fading night?

You better slow down.
Don't dance so fast.
Time is short.
The music won't last.

Do you run through each day On the fly?
When you ask How are you? Do you hear the reply?
When the day is done Do you lie in your bed
With the next hundred chores Running through your head?

You better slow down.
Don't dance so fast.
Time is short.
The music won't last.

Ever told your child, We'll do it tomorrow?
And in your haste, Not see his sorrow?
Ever lost touch, Let a good friendship die
Cause you never had time To call and say,"Hi"

You better slow down.
Don't dance so fast.
Time is short.
The music won't last.
When you run so fast to get somewhere
You miss half the fun of getting there..
When you worry and hurry through your day,
It is like an unopened gift.... Thrown away.

Life is not a race ! !
Do take it slower
Hear the music
Before the song is over.


11 comments:

  1. Lovely blog , friend. Thanks for sharing awsome knowledge. Blog rolling you. Keep in touch

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  2. very truly said... Nice writing. good and keep it up

    PS: thanks for your comment on my blog..

    Cheers,
    Jayashree

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  3. Thanks Balvinder for stopping by. I enjoyed your blog too and intend to keep returning for more. I am thrilled that a Fauji wants to stay in touch.

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  4. Thank you for sharing such a lovely poem. Life is much more satisfying when we are present and in the moment. Peace.

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  5. What a wonderful poem ! Pl. keep it up.

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  6. I never thought this poem will be so overwhelming!

    "When you ask How are you? Do you hear the reply?"
    I DON'T!

    The whole poem is beautiful. Thanks for visiting my blog and so I got the opportunity to read this poem. Your profile photograph too is beautiful.

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  7. Hi,
    Thanks for reminding us here with this beautiful poem to slow down.
    We all rush through life at such a speed, we miss out on all the beauty surrounding us.
    Yes, the choice is ours.
    The pictures accompanying the poem are awesome and breathtaking. I'm happy to say I took the time to enjoy them.

    You have a very interesting blog, I'll be back to read more.

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  8. Dear Soul Searcher,

    This poem is truly remarkable, yes it speaks of bare truth that life and time both are actually shorter than what we imagine and expect them to be.

    The poem is accompanied by beautiful and mesmerizing photographs, thanks for sharing such incredible stuff.

    Also, I would like to express my gratitude for giving a friendly visit to my blog and writing your opinion.

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  9. Beautiful, touching, amazing...
    Thanks for sharing.

    God bless you, always.

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