Posts Tagged ‘Life’

The Game of Life . . . !

February 28, 2016

The following quotation was immortalized in the movie Forrest Gump when Forrest (played by Tom Hanks) said “Mama always said life was like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get.”  This statement is generally believed to mean that life is full of surprises and that you never know what will happen next.  Well, in a similar vein, but with a totally different meaning/connotation, I ran across another quotation that posits that we do in fact know what will happen next (the question remains the immediacy with which it might happen).  Just something to ponder this quiet Sunday morning.

“The game of life is a game of boomerangs. Our thoughts, deeds and words return to us sooner or later with astounding accuracy.” (Florence Scovel Shinn)

Life is a Gift!

May 19, 2013

I ran across a quotation this week that really hit home.

“The life you have left is a gift. Cherish it. Enjoy it now, to the fullest. Do what matters, now.”  — Leo Babauta

This quotation also reminded me of a wonderful and very powerful poem by Linda Ellis entitled The Dash (which I blogged about back in 2008).

Are You Mistaken?

April 5, 2013

Then welcome to the club!  No one is perfect and mistakes are just a part of life (and learning).  I ran a cross a couple of great quotations this week that got me pondering on “mistakes.”  So take a moment and reflect on your mistakes, then forgive  yourself, learn from them, and move on . . .

“A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable, but more useful than a life spent doing nothing.”  — George Bernard Shaw

“Don’t be too hard on yourself. There are plenty of people willing to do that for you. Love yourself and be proud of everything that you do. Even mistakes mean you’re trying.”  — Susan Gale

“I don’t forgive people because I’m weak, I forgive them because I am strong enough to know people make mistakes.”  — Marilyn Monroe

The Best Day of Your Life!

February 6, 2013

I’m usually not one to get too philosophical, but isn’t every day of your life your best day?  Granted, some will invariably be better than others, but in the bigger scheme of things each and every day we have is pretty great.  It is all about attitude, free will, and how you go about living each day.  Live in the present moment and be thankful.  And for those days when you are having trouble buying into this notion, here’s a quotation that may help.

“The best day of your life is the one on which you decide your life is your own. No apologies or excuses. No one to lean on, rely on, or blame. The gift is yours — it is an amazing journey — and you alone are responsible for the quality of it. This is the day your life really begins.”  — Bob Moawad

Be Verbs!

November 16, 2012

By this I mean, be active in your life.  Verbs are action words.   Words that “serve to indicate the occurrence or performance of an action, the existence of a state or condition, etc. (www.dictionary.com)  Life should be lived, not merely endured and I found a great quotation the other day that expresses this notion nicely.

“This is my living faith, an active faith, a faith of verbs: to question, explore, experiment, experience, walk, run, dance, play, eat, love, learn, dare,  taste, touch, smell, listen, speak, write, read, draw, provoke, emote, scream, sin, repent, cry, kneel, pray, bow, rise, stand, look, laugh, cajole, create, confront, confound, walk back, walk forward, circle, hide, and seek.” — Terry Tempest Williams

Amen!  I have been pretty successful thus far (in my humble opinion), but there is always room for improvement.   I shall strive to incorporate more verbs into my life.

Life Versus Living!

August 9, 2012
Rather than break out a dictionary to official define each of these terms, why not allow some noteworthy quotations to describe the subtle nuance or difference between them?
 
“Man is born to live, not to prepare for life.”  — Boris Pasternak 
“God gave us the gift of life; it is up to us to give ourselves the gift of living well.” — Voltaire
“You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.”  — Mae West
“Only a life lived for others is worth living.”  — Albert Einstein
“Every man dies.  Not every man really lives.” — William Ross Wallace
“We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.” — Winston Churchill
“No one ever finds life worth living — one has to make it worth living.”  — Unknown
“Your living is determined not so much by what life brings to you as by the attitude you bring to life . . . ”  — Kahlil Gibran

Time to Look Alive!

May 7, 2012

As we begin a new week, why don’t we take a brief moment to reflect on “the meaning of life.”  Life, from the verb to live, by its very definition denotes energy, vivacity, or animation; a sense of being, of being fully engaged.  And while “life” goes way beyond merely existing, how often do we find ourselves not truly living and just going through the motions?  Probably more often than we would care to admit.  So when I ran across this quotation, I experienced an epiphany of sorts and decided that it is time to start living, or at least time to start looking alive (in as noisy and as colorful a fashion as I can muster).

“Look, I don’t want to wax philosophic, but I will say that if you’re alive you’ve got to flap your arms and legs, you’ve got to jump around a lot, for life is the very opposite of death, and therefore you must at very least think noisy and colorfully, or you’re not alive.” — Mel Brooks

Living Versus Working!

April 22, 2012

Here’s a brilliant quotation on “life” and “work.”

“Don’t ever confuse the two, your life and your work. That’s what I have to say. The second is only part of the first.” — Anna Quindlen

Since I exhibit workaholic tendencies (from time to time), I must constantly remind myself of this and learn to just enjoy life every now and then.  Well, yesterday I did!  I spent the entire day sharing time, conversation, and memories with some friends from out of town.  We shared meals; we went for a walk; we ran errands; we experienced culture by touring studios and talking with artists about their work, talents, and passions; we even caught a movie before our day was through.  All in all, a most enjoyable day; a day full of life!  Here are some more interesting definitions/quotations on life and work from my copy of The Cynic’s Dictionary (by Aubrey Dillon Malone).  Enjoy!

Life
“Something you do when you can’t get to sleep.”  — Fran Lebowitz
“A bad dream between two awakenings.”  — Eugene O’Neill
“A game at which everybody loses.”  — Leo Sarkadi-Schuller
“The art of drawing sufficient conclusions fron insufficient premises.” — Samuel Butler
“For most men, a search for the proper manilla envelope in which to get themselves filed.”  — Clifton Fadiman
“Not having been told that the man has just waxed the floor.  — Ogden Nash
“A steady walk with a hidden precipice at the end.  — Lambert Jeffries
“Post-natal depression.”  — Nigel Rees
“A funny thing that occurs on the way to the grave.”  — Quentin Crisp
“Sobs, sniffles, and smiles — with sniffles predominating.”  — O. Henry
“A cheap table d’ hote in a rather dirty restaurant, with time changing the plates before you’ve had enough of anything.” — Thomas Kettle
“A tragedy when seen up close, but a comedy in long shot.”  — Charlie Chaplin
“A sexually transmitted disease — and the mortality rate is 100 percent.” — R.D. Laing
“A tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.”  — William Shakespeare
“Much too important a thing to ever talk seriously about it.”  Oscar Wilde
“A maze in which we take the wrong turning before we have learned to walk.”  — Cyril Connolly
“A long rehearsal for a play that’s never produced.”  — Micheal Mac Liammoir

Living
“A very time-consuming activity.”  — Irene Peter

Work
“The refuge of those who have nothing better to do.”  — Oscar Wilde
“The province of cattle.”  — Dorothy Parker
“What expands so as to fill the time available for its completion.”  — C. Northcote Parkinson
“The only really dirty four-lettered word in the language.”  — Abbie Hoffman
“The curse of the drinking classes.”  — Oscar Wilde

May I Quote You?

March 3, 2012

Ah, so many quotation, so little time.  I am always running across great quotations; quotations that make me stop, and pause.  Here are a few of my recent favorites that I pondered just this week.  I like to keep a file of quotations handy so that I can refresh my memory and continue to ponder these concepts from time to time.  The right one(s) can certainly help regain perspective.

“Learn from the past, set vivid, detailed goals for the future, and live in the only moment of time over which you have any control: now.” — Denis Waitley

“Begin challenging your own assumptions. Your assumptions are your windows on the world. Scrub them off every once in awhile, or the light won’t come in.”  — Alan Alda

“Rest when you’re weary. Refresh and renew yourself, your body, your mind, your spirit. Then get back to work.”  — Ralph Marston

“Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.”  — Maya Angelou

“I don’t know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everyone.”  — Bill Cosby

Hodgepodge of Advice?

September 30, 2011

I ran across the below quotation earlier this week (by an unknown author) and liked it immediately.  I also took the time to ponder each individual phrase and attempted to discern how my life reflects each phrase.  My determination: I could buy into some of them more fully, but overall, I think I’m doing okay. 

Without risk (taking chances), life would be pretty boring (I could certainly improve a bit in this department).  Never regret something you’ve done (save regret for those things that you didn’t do but that you wish you’d done).  Things do go wrong (all the time), but time marches on and waits for no one.  There is a much bigger plan out there than what I have envisioned for my life . . . sometimes you just have to “let go” and let it unfold!

“Live life and take chances. 
Believe that everything happens for a reason and don’t regret.
Love to the fullest and you will find true happiness in life. 
Realize that things go wrong and people change, but things do go on.
Sometimes things weren’t meant to be. 
What is supposed to happen will work its way out.”   
 
— Author Unknown
 
And here’s another quotation that is very similar . . .
 
“I believe that everything happens for a reason,
people change so that you can learn to let go,
things go wrong so that you can appreciate them when they’re right,
you believe lies so that eventually you learn to trust no one but yourself,
and sometimes good things fall apart so that better things can fall together!”  
 
— Marilyn Monroe