Sunday, May 17, 2020

Sunday - Saying Yes to the World

There will be no one like us when we are gone, but then there is no one like anyone else, ever. When people die, they cannot be replaced. They leave holes that cannot be filled, for it is the fate—the genetic and neural fate—of every human being to be a unique individual, to find his own path, to live his own life, to die his own death. I cannot pretend I am without fear. But my predominant feeling is one of gratitude. I have loved and been loved; I have been given much and I have given something in return; I have read and traveled and thought and written. I have had an intercourse with the world, the special intercourse of writers and readers. Above all, I have been a sentient being, a thinking animal, on this beautiful planet, and that in itself has been an enormous privilege and adventure.
Oliver Sacks, Gratitude


One Woman's Journey - a journal being written from Woodhaven - her cottage in the woods. said...

thank you for these words
my friend

Mystic Meandering said...


Tabor said...

Yes. I have lived a wide life and have no serious regrets. I hope to live longer, but I will not dwell on fear. I do sometimes think of all the eggs that females carry and what is the variety of personalities and bodies that they had inside them.

Guy said...


I am a big fan of Oliver Sacks but I do not remember this quote. It is lovely and I suspect I will use it on my blog as well. It is something I think people should hear and think about.