|A Cottage by the Sea||
Just the knowledge that a good book is awaiting one at the end of a long day makes that day happier.
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Acedia * is at work in us when we prefer buying things to witnessing the beauty of nature, “reading” catalogues instead of books, or lingering in a museum store instead of touring the museum itself. These are not insignificant choices, for in making them we risk losing our capacity for wonder. Kathleen Norris
* Acedia describes a state of listlessness, of not caring or not being concerned with one's position or condition in the world. It can lead to a state of being unable to perform one's duties in life. Its spiritual overtones make it related to but distinct from depression. (from Wikipedia)