Costing Not Less Than Everything

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What is the cost of our ceaseless gasping, seeking, fumbling, and our unkept restlessness?

What is the cost of our ceaseless gasping, seeking, fumbling, and our unkept restlessness?
We shall not cease from exploration

And the end of all our exploring 

Will be to arrive where we started 

And know the place for the first time. 

 

Through the unknown, unremembered gate 

When the last of earth left to discover 

Is that which was the beginning; 

At the source of the longest river 

The voice of the hidden waterfall

And the children in the apple-tree

Not known, because not looked for 

But heard, half-heard, in the stillness

Between two waves of the sea.

Quick now, here, now, always– 

A condition of complete simplicity

(Costing not less than everything)

– Little Gidding 

T. S. Eliot’s Four Quartets

What do the moments, the un-lived, unnoticed moments that would otherwise take our breath away wait to share with us? How else would we hold eternity in the palm of a hand?

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