Thursday, March 10, 2011

Experiment 1 - Thoughts on William Blake's Augeries of Innocence

To see a world in a grain of sand,
And a heaven in a wild flower,
Hold infinity in the palm of your hand,
And eternity in an hour.

-William Blake

The world is such a vast place that to think of it in a grain of sand makes one stagger at the thought of an hourglass. And, yet, such things are entirely possible. Perhaps, when we are overwhelmed by our insignificance, we should use a magnifying glass. 

Joy can be in the small things, like a wild flower. We all agree that nature is beautiful, but there is a reason why the phrase "Stop and smell the roses" has been used. Because we do not enjoy the little things in life, even the larger things do not have as much weight as they could. If we can allow ourselves to forget the world for even a second and truly look at something beautiful, it changes us. 

Step out of time and savor the small.

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