Angel’s wisdom

" what lies behind us and what lies ahead of us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us." Ralph Waldo Emerson
 
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 convieniences, 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 divorces, 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.

 
Keep only cheerful friends. The grouches pull you down. Keep learning. Learn more about the computer, crafts, gardening, whatever. Never let the brain idle. "An idle mind is the devil’s workshop." Enjoy the simple things. Laugh often, long and loud. Laugh until you gasp for breath. The tears happen. Endure, grieve, amd move on. The only person who is with us our entire life, is ourselves. Be ALIVE while you are alive. Surround yourself with what you love, whether it’s family, pets, keepsakes, music, plants, hobbies, whatever. Your home is your refuge. Cherish your health. If it is good, preserve it. If it is unstable, improve it. If it is beyond what you can improve, get help. Don’t take guilt trips. Take a trip to the mall, to the next county, to a foreign country, but NOT to where the guilt is. Tell people you love that you love them, at every opportunity.
And always remember:
LIFE IS NOT MEASURED BY THE NUMBER OF BREATHS WE TAKE, BUT BY THE MOMENTS THAT TAKE OUR BREATH AWAY.
    • Kim
    • February 12th, 2006

    Sorry Michael :(  I didn\’t mean for all that snow to go your way, I wanted it here.  Good thing you have that 4×4 gal to get you through the rough weather.  LOL  I went out this afternoon and threw mine into 4WD just because I could.  We have like 2 inches.  Did you get to watch your movies?  Being stuck inside isn\’t so bad and the snow is pretty.
    You might have missed the part about the baby in my blog but your comment still makes sense.  I should be thankful for what I have and I am.  You probably already know this but women can be crazy at times.  I\’ll be the first one to admit it.  So now I\’m going to get a new reptile.  Don\’t ask me where I\’m going to put it, I haven\’t figured that out yet. 
    I really enjoyed your blog today.  It makes a person stop and think, which is what you were looking for I\’m sure.  We live in such a fast pased world and tend to forget the little things along the way.  I disagree with only one part of your statement …disposable diapers.  Who can live without those?
    Have a happy Monday!

    • Kim
    • February 13th, 2006

    Happy Monday!  Did you dig out yet?  I saw pictures on the news and on-line.  Why couldn\’t we get that much snow?  I\’m sure you\’re ready for it to melt.  LOL
     

    • Kim
    • February 14th, 2006

    ¡Hola! Michael. ¡Día de San Valentín Feliz!
    Sounds like they didn\’t finish the snow removal fast enough.  I drive an SUV and use my 4WD but still take it slow.  It\’s not my driving that I worry about, it\’s the other people …they\’re crazy!! 
    It\’s a slow day at work, it shouldn\’t be but it is, which makes for a very long day.  I should write a blog since I didn\’t yesterday, I wasn\’t feeling well so I went to bed early. 
    Hope you\’re having a great day!

    • tammy
    • March 2nd, 2006

    wow this really makes you think! I like it alot .It brings sadness and peace all at the same time.love it love it  love it !!!

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