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“The Most Important Events in My Life, If Recorded at All, Are Not Dated.”

Posted Oct 13 2013 8:41am

Henry Thoreau “In a true history or biography, of how little consequence those events of which so much is commonly made!  For example, how difficult for a man to remember in what towns or houses he had lived, or when! … I find in my Journal that the most important events in my life, if recorded at all, are not dated.”

Henry David Thoreau, Journal , 1855

I’ve certainly found this to be true in my own life. Often, I don’t even realize that an important event in my life has even happened, until some time has passed. For instance, I remember the minute I first laid eyes on my now-husband, but I didn’t make a note of it. Or the moments when I’ve had the ideas for all my books. Such moments strike me hard, hard enough that I can remember them, but somehow it never occur to me to record them.

Have you found this to be true?

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