Something to Ponder

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 will not be there again.

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

And always remember, life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by those moments that take our breath away. — George Carlin


14 thoughts on “Something to Ponder

  1. I’m with Barb on this. Yes, there are a lot of people out there who should read this post, but so many who don’t need to. I believe the majority of people are good, kind and caring, but constantly being undermined by the ones who are not…

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  2. George C is clever and ironic and probably right about a lot of what he says. (Except for disposable diapers. He’s totally wrong about them.)

    But that’s not the way I see the world. Sure there are assholes out there. But I listen to millennials and I hear thoughtful, concerned, well-reasoned opinions from people who are justifiably cynical about what hasn’t worked for their parents, but at the same time passionately committed to improving the future. I listen to families, and I hear their love for each other. I listen to almost everyone I meet, and I see a world where people honestly are trying to understand and do the right thing.

    And it’s hard, because adulting is hard. We didn’t get an orientation that came with a manual. There weren’t any bullet points on how to survive a pandemic. None of my kids came with instruction manuals on little DVDs.

    So you know what? Instead of George Carlin’s over-smart bitching about all the things he doesn’t like that are part of the real world, I’m going to put my faith and trust in a bunch of people who have no more idea than I do of what’s coming next or the best way to approach an extremely uncertain future, but just get on with it anyway. Because that’s what real adults do. It’s called growing up.

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