“I have always been regretting that I was not as wise as the day I was born.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
I love this quote. In it, what is most notable is the word “wise.” Emerson doesn’t say “as happy” or “as carefree” or “as intuitive.” He says “as wise.”
Why? What does a newborn baby have to teach us?
Babies feel. That’s what they do.
Adult humans think.
I am a fan of thinking, and I don’t necessarily agree with all of the possible implications of Emerson’s words here.
But sometimes, it is important to just feel, deeply, rather than thinking so much. To appreciate things just as they are. To be “present,” as some like to say. To be living in the world rather than in the future.
And it is much harder than it sounds.
If you can do it, you may just be a saint.
“This is the kind of writing that makes me feel as if I’d sat down with the author on the sofa with cups of tea and we were talking together for hours. The style is so vulnerable …” – Heather
“I don’t know what to say other than it is the most beautiful book that I have ever read.” – Ashley
“Really, I am rather speechless.” – Sarah
“I loved the book!! I couldn’t stop reading it!! It touched me so very much.” – Haydee
“Player has given a beautiful gift to her readers. I was very touched.” – Celia
“Player’s chatty style evokes a realism and empathy for the story. One is able to feel her pain.” – Anonymous
Get What I Learned from Jane on Amazon.
More mystical reading choices: