Sunday, May 4, 2008

Courtesy of Thoreau

From On Man and Nature:

"A simple gentle rain makes the grass many shades greener. So our prospects brighten on the influx of better thoughts. We should be blessed if we lived in the present always, and took advantage of every accident that befell us, like the grass which confesses the influence of the slightest dew that falls on it. "

The old adage, every cloud has a silver lining, sounds so much better when phrased by Thoreau. 

I wouldn't presume to minimize the difficulties that we face when living with chronic illness. But if there is a silver lining somewhere, a small part of it could be having more time to read the great authors.

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