... but if I take the time to search for my own today, I'll pretty much be wrecked for the morning.
Our lives are given a certain dignity by their very evanescence. If there were never to be an end to my quiet moments at the brook, if I could sit on the rock forever, I would not treasure these minutes so much. If our associations with the people we love were to have no termination, we would not value them as much as we do. Human love is an extraordinary gift, but like all flesh it is corruptible. Death or distance separates all lovers. My awareness of my husband is sharpened by impermanence.
Would we really value anything we could have forever and ever?
~ Madeleine L'Engle
from Glimpses of Grace: Daily Thoughts and Reflections