east to west

“If we let ourselves, we shall always be waiting for some distraction or other to end before we can really get down to our work.  The only people who achieve much are those who want knowledge so badly that they seek it while the conditions are still unfavourable.  Favourable conditions never come.”
~C.S. Lewis, The Weight of Glory~

Most of my thoughts here are just that, thoughts.  There isn’t usually time to arrange or rearrange them, dress them up, or trim them down.  There are times when I have longer to spend on these words, but others, like this morning, when the time is as short as the five minutes or so it takes to see the eastern side of the pine trees catching fire in the sun.

Our piano teacher just texted and cancelled our piano lessons.  She wasn’t feeling well this morning, and just like that, I’m in possession of a little more time.  Not much more, however.  My sisters and nieces and nephews are here.  Three of them are sitting here eating their cereal, and are the most adorable creatures in whom I find much delight.

That C.S. Lewis quote is from the essay “Learning in War Time”.  When he speaks of “those who want knowledge so badly”, I think to myself, “Yes!” and then, “knowledge of what???”  What knowledge are we seeking and wanting so badly that we would do so even though conditions are ever unfavorable?  I guess that is left for each life to decide.



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