Thursday, October 25, 2007

Wisdom from the Strangest Places

My friend Steph sent these to me. I'm not a big one for passing emails along, but today, this spoke to me. I need to learn how to slow down, smell the roses, take time for myself - relax. It is something I have a really hard time doing.

A Message by George Carlin

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; 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 will not be there again.

Give time to love, give time to speak! And give time to share the precious thoughts in your mind.


Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.

If you don't send this to at least 8 people....Who cares?

George Carlin

And in the spirit of laughter... There's this:
Dubbed "The RedNeck Tank" - ingenuity at its.... finest?


Jenny said...


And the red neck tanktop is priceless.

nikki said...

Hey! You could have asked before you took my picture!! I thought my "Redneck tanktop" was stylish!

Anonymous said...

I'll say this, you are definately your father's daughter.

Oh, The Joys said...

Love G. Carlin AND the redneck tank!

Pandora Woman said...

*sneaks over to the non food blog just to have alook*

THAT is so amazing. This morning I looked for a photograph to match my "relax" post for the day, and I almost picked the wee boy in the tub. the one you have, WOMAN!! In the end I chose the beauty relaxing on a massage table.

As to the message by George Carlin, it si so very very true. Not long ago, Rose my dear friend from Ireland read it out to me, and I felt in awe about his insight.

Mind if I nick it for my post for tomorrow. I think it needs to be spread far and wide!

*leaves another sneaky warm hug and absolutely loves your Mom's post!*

karisma said...

Very true. Its nice to see that the message is slowly getting around. I wonder how many people will actually take any notice!

I also found it hard to slow down, and generally am trying to do a million things at once. I do however now notice when Im doing this and take time out. Its bliss once you get the hang of it. LOL

kitten said...

I'll Amen that & RofL on the Red Neck tank!

Nona said...

Just stopped by to let you know I am thinking of you.

I discovered George Carlin late in his career, but I absolutely LOVE him. He captured the essence of our insanity very well.


Stepping Over the Junk said...

I love George Carlin.

I would SO not wear that "tank". GROSS! But very funny.