10.24.2010

LINK: A brief guide to life…

I received a scary late-night call last night about a close family member who was rushed to the hospital unexpectedly.  They are OK but I didn’t know that at the time which was very upsetting.  That experience, combined with the recent death of a good friend’s mother, has me thinking a lot about life and how short it truly is.  People and things in our lives that seem permanent aren’t, by definition.  It’s up to us to savor what we have while we have it. 

I’m notoriously bad about keeping up with friends and family, it’s not that I don’t care, but I never think to stop, pick up the phone, and reach out to check on them.  Being busy is no excuse and I’m working hard to break the habit.  Beth has had a lot to do with this – she is the world’s greatest at keeping in touch with everyone.  It’s one of the many great qualities she has that I’m trying to learn from.

I ran across this post on zenhabits and found it interesting – I encourage everyone to read it.  It’s easy to forget the important things in life.

From the post:

The Brief Guide to Life:

less TV, more reading
less shopping, more outdoors
less clutter, more space
less rush, more slowness
less consuming, more creating
less junk, more real food
less busywork, more impact
less driving, more walking
less noise, more solitude
less focus on the future, more on the present
less work, more play
less worry, more smiles
breathe


Source: zenhabits

2 comments:

  1. Here is one of my favorite writings. I think I got it out of a daily devotional: "Enjoy Life!

    Life should NOT be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in an attractive and
    well-preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, chocolate in one hand, body thoroughly used up, totally worn out and screaming "WOO HOO!! what a ride!"

    14 There is something else meaningless that occurs on earth: righteous men who get what the wicked deserve, and wicked men who get what the righteous deserve. This too, I say, is meaningless. 15 So I commend the enjoyment of life, because nothing is better for a man under the sun than to eat and drink and be glad. Then joy will accompany him in his work all the days of the life God has given him under the sun. Ecclesiastes 8:14-15 NIV

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  2. Will, Insight, what a miracle. Glad you have found your guide!
    Love ya,

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