The Latin phrase
Remember your mortality
(super moon May 8th 2012, south Texas view)
I think the author May Sarton
said it best
in her book
Plant Dreaming Deep...
"It is only past the meridian of fifty
that one can believe that the universal sentence of death
applies to oneself.
At twenty we are immortal;
at fifty we are too caught up in life
to think much about the end,
but from about fifty-five on
the inmost quality of life changes
because of this knowledge.
Time is suddenly telescoped.
Life in and for itself becomes more precious
than it ever could have been earlier...
it is imperative to taste it,
to savor it,
every day and every hour,
and that means to cut out waste,
to be acutely aware of the relevant
and of the irrelevant.
There are late joys just as there are early joys.
Young, who has time to look
at the light shine through a shirley poppy?
The outer world is only an immense resonance
for one's own feelings.
But in middle age,
afternoon light marbling a white wall
may take on the quality of
Savor the Day!