I sit here in my comfy chair…yoga pants and sweatshirt making me look oh, so glamorous…and try to will my immune system into winning the war against my sinus infection. The battle does not go well my friends. I am sleeping on the couch because I am keeping everyone awake with my hacking and my house looks like a tornado hit. I remembered this poem from when my children were toddlers and thought I needed the reminder that there are better things for me to be doing right now than cleaning my house.
This is a poem written by Rose Milligan of Lancaster, Lancashire, England. The poem was first published in the September 15th – 21st edition of The Lady (magazine) in 1998.
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Dust if you must, but wouldn’t it be better
To paint a picture, or write a letter,
Bake a cake, or plant a seed;
Ponder the difference between want and need?
Dust if you must, but there’s not much time,
With rivers to swim, and mountains to climb;
Music to hear, and books to read;
Friends to cherish, and life to lead.
Dust if you must, but the world’s out there
With the sun in your eyes, and the wind in your hair;
A flutter of snow, a shower of rain,
This day will not come around again.
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Dust if you must, but bear in mind,
Old age will come and it’s not kind.
And when you go (and go you must)
You, yourself, will make more dust.
Remember, a house becomes a home when you can write
“I love you” on the furniture…..
Diane has a Bachelor’s degree in Microbiology with a Minor in Health Management and Policy. She spent many years working in cancer research, academics, and biotechnology. Concern over the growing incidence of human disease and the birth of her children led her to begin living a more natural life. She quickly realized that the information she was learning along the way could be beneficial to many others and started blogging as a way to share this knowledge with others. While passionate about health and the environment she can’t quite give up her favorite Cheetos and Diet Coke! Learn more about her HERE.