Tuesday, March 07, 2006
at 12:01 AM
Anyone can carry his burden, however hard, until nightfall. Anyone can do his work, however hard, for one day. Anyone can live sweetly, patiently, lovingly, purely, till the sun goes down. And this is all life really means. ~Robert Louis Stevenson
I think I might write this Stevenson quote and hang it up on my wall, if I get around to it.
This Scottish son of a lighthouse engineer was born just about 100 years before I was born and died the year my grandmother was born. He wrote such varied works as A Child's Garden of Verses and the Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. He was sickly most of life having battled tuberculosis as a child. He was a lawyer who never practiced law.
He spent parts of his life in Edinburgh, Napa, CA and Hawaii, where he became close friends with the King of Hawaii.
His life ended when he suffered a cerebral hemmorage at the age of 44 on his plantation called Valima in Samoa, where he was as a tribal leader. His tribe had given him the name Tusitala which means'storyteller'. In his will he bequeathed his birthday of November 13th to a girl named Annie Ide who had been born on Christmas Day.
This particular quote makes me think that Bill W. and Dr. Bob might have read Stevenson at some time in their lives. Is there a more beautiful way to say "One Day at a Time? Just for today, I think I will try to live sweetly, patiently, lovingly and purely-especially with myself. I think I can handle that for a day. How about you?
Have a great day.