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Every hour’s talk we have with a friend leaves fragments that we ought to gather up and keep to feed our heart’s hunger or the hunger of others’ hearts, as we go on. When we hear good words spoken or read a good book, we should gather up the fragments of knowledge, the suggestions of helpful thoughts, the broken pieces, and fix them in our hearts for use in our lives. We allow large values of the good things we hear or read to turn to waste continually because we are poor listeners or do not try to keep what we hear. We let the broken pieces be lost and thereby are great losers. If only we would gather up and keep all the good things that come to us through conversations and through reading, we would soon have great treasures of knowledge and wisdom.
So much wisdom in that quote.
When I am busy, I find that I am quick to sweep up the crumbs - or more likely sweep them under something else. This busy-ness breeds a reliance on a fast-food life-style in me - faster, faster, faster - until I find myself on that gerbil wheel, running just for the point of running.
Slowing down helps me hold the broken pieces, enjoy the crumbs, cherish the fragments.