The paradox of our time in history is that we have taller buildings but shorter tempers, wider Freeways, but narrower viewpoints. We spend more, but have less, we buy more, but enjoy less. We have bigger houses and smaller families, more conveniences, but less time. We have more degrees but less sense, more knowledge, but less judgment, more experts, yet more problems, more medicine, but less wellness.
We drink too much, smoke too much, spend too recklessly, laugh too little, drive too fast, get too angry, stay up too late, get up too tired, read too little, watch TV too much, and pray too seldom. We have multiplied our possessions, but reduced our values. We talk too much, love too seldom, and hate too often.
We’ve learned how to make a living, but not a life. We’ve added years to life not life to years. We’ve been all the way to the moon and back, but have trouble crossing the street to meet a new neighbor. We conquered outer space but not inner space. We’ve done larger things, but not better things.
We’ve cleaned up the air, but polluted the soul. We’ve conquered the atom, but not our prejudice. We write more, but learn less. We plan more, but accomplish less. We’ve learned to rush, but not to wait. We build more computers to hold more information, to produce more copies than ever, but we communicate less and less.
These are the times of fast foods and slow digestion, big men and small character, steep profits and shallow relationships.
These are the days of two incomes but more divorce, fancier houses, but broken homes. These are days of quick trips, disposable diapers, throwaway morality, one night stands, overweight bodies, and pills that do everything from cheer, to quiet, to kill. It is a time when there is much in the showroom window and nothing in the stockroom. A time when technology can bring this letter to you, and a time when you can choose either to share this insight, or to just hit delete…
Remember, to spend some time with your loved ones, because they are not going to be around forever. Remember, say a kind word to someone who looks up to you in awe, because that little person soon will grow up and leave your side.
Remember, to give a warm hug to the one next to you, because that is the only treasure you can give with your heart and it doesn’t cost a cent.
Remember, to say, “I love you” to your partner and your loved ones, but most of all mean it. A kiss and an embrace will mend hurt when it comes from deep inside of you.
Remember to hold hands and cherish the moment for someday that person might not be there again. Give time to love, give time to speak! And give time to share the precious thoughts in your mind.” <—————-
notice the quote mark at the end…yeah. i didnt write this. im just visiting..its a quote from bob moorehead. originally i was going to steal this like any other great author but then i thought better about it and decided to borrow it. and soemtimes thats ok. thanks bob!
what wisdom in his words. and what a great way to write it. it was so spiritual and grounded that I actually thought it was a quote from the dalai lama at first read. and while i dont agree with bob that we’ve cleaned up the air, i do agree with everything else. and so im glad i got to share it here with you.
ok. one more confession. I didnt even find this quote all by myself. i borrowed it from a friend who in turn copied it from a great website of great quotes and emailed it to me. he knows that ive been super contemplative this past few weeks and wanted to bring me perspective. now this leads me to wonder where he got all the quotes from. he has yet to fill me in on the source, but when he does ill share it with you. all i do know is that he sent me a lot of good material. and i was able to sneak around a bit and find a few more on my won. so for todays blog im going to share other peoples quotes. if they said it better why not just borrow it…
and now a short one..
“We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty.”
― Maya Angelou
this reminds me of what ive been writing about lately in my blogs. that undiscussed aspect of the work behind splendor and beauty and achievement.. there’s great effort put into things that look so effortless in their perfection.
and now for this:
“When I was a child, adults would tell me not to make things up, warning me of what would happen if I did. As far as I can tell so far, it seems to involve lots of foreign travel and not having to get up too early in the morning.”
― Neil Gaiman, Smoke and Mirrors
when i first read this i didnt understand it was about writing. because i dont know neil gaiman. my friend kindly cleared this up for me. i guess its more about being a successful writer and what that lifestyle means. this is the what a writers “butterfly life” looks like.
heres another quote from neil. this one however is clearly about the writing process. the larval stages.. the development process can be shear hell. all writers understand this…
“People talk about books that write themselves, and it’s a lie. Books don’t write themselves. It takes thought and research and backache and notes and more time and more work than you’d believe.” ― Neil Gaiman, Smoke and Mirrors
and in terms of where ideas come from: the magic behind this. gods hand in creating the beauty of the finished butterfly is irrationally magnificent.
Confluence. Things come together. The right ingredients and suddenly: Abracadabra!” ― Neil Gaiman, Smoke and Mirrors
and some funny lines that are part of the finished process…i love this quote. clever, unique writing..
“I saw her chewing gum, when I was thirteen, and I fell for her like a suicide from a bridge.” ― Neil Gaiman, Smoke and Mirrors
going to bed.
i actually got out of the house, met a friend, and had a tropical cocktail in a makeshift tiki hut where there was sand on the bar floor in brooklyn of all places!. theres so much great stuff out there that ive been missing. it was really cool. and my drink had an orange slice, a little blue umbrella, and two straws, one with a fake tropical flower. i was in heaven. rum, blue curacao, pineapple, and soda. and ten gallons tall. delish. i kept the straw!
funny because last week i was blogging about not being able to sit back and have a nice relaxing tropical cocktail with the funny umbrella! the gods must have heard me.
alright for real this time.
a very relaxed, much happier.