Friday, January 10, 2014

A life of being and a life of doing

Try to choose carefully, Arren, when the great choices must be made.
When I was young,
I had to choose between the life of being and the life of doing.
And I leapt to the later like a trout to a fly.
But each deed you do,
each act,
binds you to itself and its consequences,
and makes you act again and yet again.
Then very seldom do you come upon a space,
a time like this,
between act and act,
when you may stop and simply be.
Or wonder who,
after all,
you are.
from The Farthest Shore
by Ursula K. LeGuin

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