Thoreau Thursday - "As if you could kill time without injuring eternity"

As if there were all the time in the world…

As if… we can roam about in our gas-guzzling machines, leaving the air smelling like a rose, and fresh water pours endlessly from the ground, pure and safe to drink.  Factories produce their goods without dumping toxins into the air and the rivers, and a tree grows in a day.

As if… no one is clubbing baby seals for their winter coats, and polar bears have an easy commute to their icy homes.  There are more than just 3000 giant pandas, tigers, or black rhinos left, and elephants can forget.

As if …all babies are born healthy and loved, and no children are ever hurt or neglected by their parents. A man never beats his wife, and there really is a happily ever after.

As if… everyone has enough food, warm clothes and a roof overhead, and there are no illegal drugs sold on street corners and in school yards.  There is no such thing as a drive-by, a turf war or “187” sprayed on a wall.  All children are safe, educated, and can look forward a good future

As if there were no hurry.

As if you could kill time without injuring eternity.


  1. What a great line! It's a whack on the side of the head, kick in the seat of the pants kind of line. As we show up and pay attention there's lots to be done. I love your writing as I read back posts.
    Also, I relate- I'm a grandmother, from MA and my daughter is a Doula. And I'm searching for the way to contribute to savoring time to save eternity.

  2. p.s. What's your URL so I can add you to the blogs I follow?

  3. Thanks, Grandmother! Sounds like we have a lot in common. I'm a fan of yours too! I think my url is


    As you will know from an earlier posting, I'm still learning the jargon. :-)

  4. Grandmother: P.S. I wish I could take credit for the final whack-on-the-side-of-the-head line, but that goes to Thoreau, along with a thank-you to Velvet Verbosity for posting it as a writing prompt for her Thoreau Thursday.


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