Friday, July 29, 2011

Let's Check Our Speed


 We must check our speed. 
We bring up our children too fast
we work too fast



we dissipate too fast
we eat too fast


we live too fast, and, consequently, always 


ahead of our time, 
we die too fast.  

"How to Keep Well,
Harper's Monthly
1856

32 comments:

  1. 1856? I'm sure they did think that but gee...what would they think of us here in 2011? Oh my. We do need to slow down!

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  2. They would be shocked if they could see the way we live our lives in 2011!

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  3. interesting... already then they had this thought. and look how far we've come...

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  4. Great post! I love that last photo. What a cutie!

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  5. Oh my...you're not kidding. Life is going by too fast. Time has sped up so much faster since 1856. If you blink...it's gone!

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  6. They said that in 1856 already..?? What would they think of our lifestyles today..OMW?? Lovely pics,as always Farmchick. Have a great weekend!

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  7. So true...even back then...wow! What would they think of us now!!

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  8. Is that a little donkey? Whose is it? Adorable! Words of wisdom for sure.
    ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

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  9. I'm working at it. Really. My role model is Simba the Cat. Who follows the sun around the house...napping a whole lot. Retirement also helps. :)

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  10. What words!

    Hey, I see you're reading Garden Spells. I so LOVE all of her books - I haven't read the most recent, but I've read her others. She's one of my favorite authors.

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  11. Wow. I was reading along thinking how true and then saw the 1856! They would think we were insane if they saw us today.

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  12. I definitely think kids grow up too fast today, and I'm betting the ladies of 1856 would simply drop dead if they saw the little girls clothing of our era.

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  13. I have always thought that no matter what is happening right now people thought the same thing a long time ago...which is why I don't worry too much about stuff..going on for a long time and we are still somehow still here...things stay the same ..just different.

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  14. Sage advice. Our move from the city to this little Appalachian town was partially to raise our daughter in a less dangerous environment and partially because of the lower cost of living. The laid back life style was just gravy!

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  15. I can't believe that was from 1856.
    But it does definitely apply to our lives today, for sure.
    Even when I'm not working outside of the home I'm always racing, hurrying to accomplish. I hope I can make myself slow down.

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  16. Sounds like we humans have a hard time learning our lessons! Ah... Listening to Ode to Billie Joe....love that music and time.

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  17. Farmchick -- It seems like times have not changed much since 1856. -- bzrbara

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  18. The more things change...

    People were likely as busy back in the 1800's, but just doing different things. More labor-intensive than nowadays, but just as time consuming. :)

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  19. Imagine what they would think now.

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  20. Thanks. We all need to be reminded of this from time to time. It still makes sense, doesn't it? A bit strange too.

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  21. Encantador blog el tuyo, un placer haberme vuelto por tu espacio.

    Saludos y un abrazo.

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  22. You are absolutely right...

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  23. Oh my!! I have been thinking of just that lately. Wish I could find a way to slow things down.
    It's been way too long since I was here. Loved, loved your library post. I have a Kindle too, but still love the feel and smell of the pages of a book.
    Your barn picture brought me a sence of peace. Would love to see a barn quilt on it.
    Do you see many of those? I enjoyed several hunts for them on my last two trips to Kentucky.

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  24. So true of most. Gotta have the cell phone in hand when some step out of the shower or drive out the driveway to say "I'm on my way". Not me, my mom always said I was like one of my uncles and ike him I too would be late for my own funeral. I like grand entrances...

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  25. One can indeed be only thankful for this entry of yours.

    Please have a good new month and week as well.

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  26. Can you just imagine what people would think of our fast pace life these days...this is one thing that I am always telling our girls...You need to slow down and enjoy your family to the fullest...
    Hugs to ya

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  27. what is even more sad - we have all these modern conveniences of travel,machines for household chores, work etc. that werent available in 1856, but fast forward to 2011 and yet we still dont have enough time in a day...thats sad...

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  28. so they were living to fast way back then, just like we do. the end was a shocker

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  29. Now that you're enjoying the fruits of your labor, I'm wondering if you'd recommend the straw bale gardening to others?
    I have a friend who's considering to save her back and knees from another year of gardening.

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  30. We need to make most use of our time on the Hamster wheel ... with occasional breaks from it when we can !!

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  31. If someone from 1856 could be here they would die within minutes. Ain't it the truth?

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