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Gretchen Rubin

Gretchen Rubin

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Darn It! I Missed the Longest Day of the Year. Again.

June 21st, 2016

Episode 293 of 397 episodes

I love koans, paradoxes, teaching stories...and short passages from novels that seem to have a meaning just outside my understanding. I love collecting these. One of my favorites is from F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby. When Nick meets Daisy for the first time, she tells him, “Do you always watch for the longest day of the year and then miss it? I always watch for the longest day of the year and then miss it.” Ever since I first read The Great Gatsby in high school, I’ve been haunted by that line. And I always watch for the longest day of the year — and I usually miss it! But this year, I was determined to remember and notice this day. Somehow, I got it in my head that June 21 is the longest day of the year in my part of the world. Well, today is June 21, but when I just went to go double-check, the New York Times informed me that sometimes, in these parts, June 20 is the longest day of the year. And in 2016, it was June 20. So I watched for the longest day of the year, and then missed ... The post Darn It! I Missed the Longest Day of the Year. Again. appeared first on Gretchen Rubin.

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