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Wednesday, July 3, 2013

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The Book of Life

Reader's question: In your quote, what do you mean by "writ small in the margin"?

Play with life, laugh with life,
dance lightly with life,
and smile at the riddles of life,
knowing that life's only true lessons
are writ small in the margin.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

My answer:

Have you ever had the experience of borrowing a book from a library - or buying a used book - and finding that someone has written in the margins of some of the pages? Usually those notes are worthless, but occasionally the notes are more insightful than the book itself.

So in my metaphor comparing the "book of life" with a real book, I suggest that the true meaning of life is not easy to find (written in the book itself), but hidden for only the truly alert and inquisitive to find (written small in the margin).

May the world be kind to you, and may your own thoughts be gentle upon yourself.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

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