Extracts from  a speech made by Pulitzer Prize-winning author, Anna Quindlen at the graduation ceremony of an American university where she was awarded an Honorary PhD in February 2008. Source: http://www.100hands.net/index.php?/inspiration/

People don’t talk about the soul very much anymore. It’s so much easier to write a resume than to craft a spirit.

Get a life in which you notice the smell of salt water pushing itself on a breeze at the seaside, a life in which you stop and watch how a red-tailed hawk circles over the water, or the way a baby scowls with concentration when she tries to pick up a sweet with her thumb and first finger.

It is so easy to waste our lives, our days, our hours, and our minutes. It is so easy to take for granted the colour of our kids’ eyes, the way the melody in a symphony rises and falls and disappears and rises again. It is so easy to exist instead of to live.

Consider the lilies of the field. Look at the fuzz on a baby’s ear. Read in the back yard with the sun on your face.

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