Half Way Down and Half Way Up


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This 182nd post marks the half way point in my 365-day project! It is good to have a daily practice. Thank you all for following along and supporting me with your comments and “Likes.” To celebrate the day I share a “children’s poem by AA Milne replete with grown-up wisdom that seems right for the day. And, a bit of Philip Larkin who speaks to a kind of fear that inhabits the garden too…for the greatest challenge of all is getting comfortable with doing something or doing nothing at all in the moment. Yet getting comfortable there may fill the next 50 years. More tomorrow!

Halfway Down

Halfway down the stairs
Is a stair
Where I sit.
There isn’t any
Other stair
Quite like
I’m not at the bottom,
I’m not at the top;
So this is the stair
I always

Halfway up the stairs
Isn’t up
And it isn’t down.
It isn’t in the nursery,
It isn’t in town.
And all sorts of funny thoughts
Run round my head.
It isn’t really
It’s somewhere else

A.A. Milne

“I’m terrified of the thought of time passing (or whatever is meant by that phrase) whether I ‘do’ anything or not. In a way I may believe, deep down, that doing nothing acts as a brake on ‘time’s— it doesn’t of course. It merely adds the torment of having done nothing, when the time comes when it really doesn’t matter if you’ve done anything or not.”
Philip Larkin: Letters to Monica