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[sticky post] On a Sundial

This is the title of one of my favourite essays. It was written by William Hazlitt. In it, he talks about a time when he was on a walking tour of Europe when he came across a sundial in the garden of a monastery. Hazlitt had been having a bad day and he was in a less than happy mood when he came upon the sundial. Inscribed on it were the words, Horas Non Numero Nisi Serenas which is Latin for I count only the serene hours.

He couldn't help thinking what a happy thought that was, what a sensible attitude to life. I will count only the serene hours. I will ignore everything that is messy and ugly and uncomfortable and i will focus on all the good in my life. I particularly like the use of the word serene instead of happy or joyful. It is after all, serenity, peace and contentment that we need in our lives more than anything else...

Reading the quote cheered him right up. And it lifted my spirits as well. So yeah, that is my approach to life...at least that is the approach I try to take. I count only the serene hours...

And now for a little bit about me:

I am a 30 something mum of two. I used to be a professor of Economics. I am now a homeschooling mum. I have been very happily married for the last fourteen years. I love reading, mostly non-fiction: biographies, memoirs, science, history, travel and books about food. I am also very fond of fantasy and science fiction.

I don't watch TV but I can spend hours listening to the radio. I cook and I bake and there is nothing I like more than trying something new in the kitchen.

I am not at all religious, but I am spiritual in my own way. I am an introvert and I am not capable of small talk, but I do love a good conversation.

And now for what you will find here:

Musings about life, details of my days, thoughts and quotes that I find meaningful, reviews of the books I'm reading, the occasional recipe and a few photographs...not of my kids though. I'm not comfortable writing about them or posting pictures of them.

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Jul. 5th, 2014 05:18 pm (UTC)
I think we could all use a little more contentment and serenity.
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