Why should we need extra time in which to enjoy ourselves? If we expect to enjoy our life, we will have to learn to be joyful in all of it, not just at stated intervals when we can get time or when we have nothing else to do.
It may well be that it is not our work that is so hard for us as the dread of it and our often expressed hatred of it. Perhaps it is our spirit and attitude toward life, and its conditions that are giving us trouble instead of a shortage of time. Surely the day and nights are as long as they ever were.
Laura Ingalls Wilder Little House In The Ozarks– edited by Stephen W. Hines
These words were written in 1920-almost 100 years ago. One hundred years.
I mentioned in my post Little House that I was fortunate to find a book filled with things written by Laura Ingalls Wilder author of the Little House series of books.
This little excerpt starts out with a description of how she and Almanzo (her husband) were bemoaning the fact that all they did was work, work, work. They agreed that their parents had so much more free time and commented on how nice that must have been.
As they talked, however, they began to ask each other questions about how certain things got done when they were children and came to discover that in all actuality their parents worked harder and longer hours than they could imagine themselves doing.
What Almanzo and Laura realized was that their mothers enjoyed their lives, not because they had more spare time-actually they had less. On occasion, however, they would step away from working to visit a neighbor. Live in the present-not the past or the future.
Laura speaks to something else that I am so familiar with in my own life. MOMD and I have spoken of it often. Sometimes we waste more time and energy complaining and thinking about things that we think need to be done then if we would just do the thing.
It is fascinating to me that someone writing a hundred years ago would put into words so beautifully what I myself have thought on a regular basis. Add that to my list of reasons I love books!
And you? Do Laura’s words speak to you as they do to me? Feel free (and encouraged) to share in the comment section below.
And by the way, we’ll be hearing from Laura again soon. She has much to say.
Thank you for reading, sharing and commenting! I’m grateful.