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33. Real or imaginary problems

A poem to reflect on for the weekend, I heard Emma Thompson read it out on Radio 4 the other evening; she reads it beautifully and it is worth listening to here (from 12 minutes in

She talks of what she takes from the poem and how it helps her to tune into whether her life is filled in that moment with real or imaginary problems; a chance to pause and reflect.

If you need to discover your real or imagined problems today, or in the future, have a read and see what you take from it. I loved this poem. My plan for the weekend is to watch the sunset and go nowhere near my own version of a lime-bean – a brussel sprout!


If I could live again my life,

In the next - I'll try,

to make more mistakes,

I won't try to be so perfect,

I'll be more relaxed,

I'll be more full - than I am now,

In fact, I'll take fewer things seriously,

I'll be less hygienic,

I'll take more risks,

I'll take more trips,

I'll watch more sunsets,

I'll climb more mountains,

I'll swim more rivers,

I'll go to more places - I've never been,

I'll eat more ice creams and less (lime) beans,

I'll have more real problems - and less imaginary


I was one of those people who live

prudent and prolific lives -

each minute of his life,

Of course that I had moments of joy - but,

if I could go back I'll try to have only good moments,

If you don't know - that's what life is made of,

Don't lose the now!

I was one of those who never goes anywhere

without a thermometer,

without a hot-water bottle,

and without an umbrella and without a parachute,

If I could live again - I will travel light,

If I could live again - I'll try to work bare feet

at the beginning of spring till

the end of autumn,

I'll ride more carts,

I'll watch more sunrises and play with more children,

If I have the life to live - but now I am 85,

- and I know that I am dying ...

Jorge Louis Borges

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