When the great cellist Pablo Casals was 93, he wrote:
"For the past eighty years I have started each day in the same manner. I go to the piano and I play two preludes and fugues of Bach. It is a sort of "benediction" on the house. But that is not its only meaning. It is a rediscovery of the world in which I have the joy of being a part. It fills me with awareness of the wonder of life; with a feeling of the incredible marvel of being a human. "
For the good of our souls, let us take time out to wonder.
For as the poet reminds us:
"A poor life this, if full of care we have not time to stand and stare."
Source: Told by Barrie Hibbert in his address at the Melbourne College of Divinity Annual Conferral, 27 April, 2001.
Image: Pablo Casals.