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Words of wisdom

This whole post is a quote from my good pal Todd.

This is probably not news to you, but you need to remain aware that your life has brackets around it. Here in the Land of the Free the average life expectancy is 79 years. Ladies can get around 82 trips around the sun, while dudes get a little shorter stick, with 76 revolutions expected. That means you get somewhere between 27,000 and 31,000 days to live, love, laugh, cry, grow, think, enjoy, learn and teach.

Every one of us is a limited resource. Therefore, each of us needs to be in the “me” business. Make sure to find as many moments of joy as you can. If you need to fret about something, make sure it’s something you really need to fret about. When you come across small minds or people who want to meddle in your bliss, leave ‘em behind you as quickly as possible. When you find folks who add to your joy, keep them close. Don’t be afraid to connect or disconnect. Don’t try to change people’s minds; their opinions are probably just as uninformed and biased as yours, and you probably don’t have a persuasive enough argument to change their thinking anyway. If you don’t like what you’re doing, do something else. Be efficient, but don’t take shortcuts that will hurt you. If you want to live to serve others, serve gladly. Help the helpless, but forget about the clueless. Take time and get to know yourself. Read good books! Breathe deeply and fully. Live fully in the moment. Treat yourself joyfully and profoundly to the greatest show – the only show! – on Earth.

Use your days wisely, because they can slip away pretty darned quickly.


Crossposted from Dreamwidth, where there are comment count unavailable comments.

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starfishchick
Jul. 13th, 2013 02:23 pm (UTC)
Like!
emeraldsedai
Jul. 13th, 2013 09:15 pm (UTC)
Heh. I sometimes wish LJ and DW had a "like" or "+1" function, because so often I read and appreciate people's posts and would just like to let them know.

Thanks for letting me know!
starfishchick
Jul. 19th, 2013 06:20 pm (UTC)
+1
emeraldsedai
Jul. 19th, 2013 06:55 pm (UTC)
LOL! Emeraldsedai likes your comment!
lyrstzha
Jul. 13th, 2013 08:30 pm (UTC)
Don’t try to change people’s minds; their opinions are probably just as uninformed and biased as yours, and you probably don’t have a persuasive enough argument to change their thinking anyway.

This, this I must disagree with. Changing minds is hard and frustrating, and can often be downright dangerous. But if we want to die in a better world than we were born into, that's the only way to make it happen. I'm going to keep charging that windmill.
emeraldsedai
Jul. 13th, 2013 09:17 pm (UTC)
Go, Don Quixote! The world needs you.

For me, the word "try" was key. I feel like my best--possibly my only--argument is my own life. But I suspect that we're talking here about a fundamental difference in energy movement, the whole introvert vs extravert distinction.

I'm glad you're out there changing minds the active way.
karen_jk
Jul. 14th, 2013 04:26 am (UTC)
Inspiring stuff here...thank you!
emeraldsedai
Jul. 14th, 2013 05:06 am (UTC)
Glad you enjoyed!
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