Dust If You Must

Something quite extraordinary has happened since last Tuesday.

A Facebook update, I shared, has reached over 5,000 and has had 56 shares. Seriously since Facebook changed its algorhithms (a year or so back) I’ve been lucky to hit 500 (and that’s on a good day!).

Here’s the Facebook update.

I’m guessing what I shared resonated, as it did with me.

I’m notoriously known as ‘not a cushion plumper’. My philosophy is there is just not the time to focus on what I believe to be futile. Now I know futility is a matter of opinion. One persons priority is not another’s. It’s about knowing what your priorities are and spending your time well – for you.

When I shared the poem by Mrs. Rose Milligan from Lancaster (which may have originally been published in The Lady) I didn’t quite expect it to spread so far and wide.

Thank you Rose for sharing your words of wisdom so thought-provokingly.

If you missed it, here it is again. I’ve highlighted the line that I strongly believe to be true.


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 is 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,
the wind in your hair,
A flutter of snow, a shower of rain,
This day will not come round again.

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.


I may try to write a bloggers version – if I can find the time 😉


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