Posted tagged ‘Life’

Go On – Make a Mistake or Two

December 28, 2009

If I had to live my life again, I’d make the same mistakes, only sooner.

~ Tallulah Bankhead

Ah yes, “mistake”, that misleading word.  It has the connotation of something you would rather not happen, or have happened.  Things that shouldn’t, or shouldn’t have, happened.

Mistakes are the spice of life.  Mistakes make life interesting.  All our “wrong” turns can end up leading us somewhere we had no idea could be so right.

If there’s a mistake you’ve been avoiding – why not just make it now and see where it leads?

The follies which a man regrets most, in his life, are those which he didn’t commit when he had the opportunity.

~ Helen Rowland

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Just Do It

December 23, 2009

A weak man has doubts before a decision; a strong man has them afterwards.

~ Karl Kraus

I love this, mostly because it both reflects my approach to life and because it makes me feel better about my track record to date! 😛

At some point, you have to just make a decision.  Are you going to stay where you are, or are you going to take a risk?  You could sit and analyse the pros and cons forever.  The truth is, no matter what path you take, you will probably have doubts about it.  I think there is value to be found in the odd spot of well-calculated, conscious recklessness.

Life is for living!

A person can stand for the rest of his days facing one of the many doors he should go through, but he must understand that he has only truly lived up to that point. He may continue to breathe, walk, sleep and eat – but with less and less pleasure, because he is already spiritually dead and does not know it.

Until one day when, as well as his spiritual death, physical death appears; at that moment God will ask: “what did you do with your life?” We must all answer this question, and woe betide those who answer: “I remained standing at the door.”

~ Paulo Coelho

Be Like A Child

December 14, 2009

Dov Beer de Mezeritch was asked:
“Which example should one follow? That of pious men, who devote their lives to God? That of scholars, who seek to understand the will of the Almighty?
“The best example is that of the child,” he answered.
“A child knows nothing. It hasn’t yet learned what reality is,” people commented.
“You are all quite wrong, for a child possesses three qualities we should never forget,” said Dov Beer. “They are always joyful without reason. They are always busy. And when they want something, they know how to demand it firmly and with determination.”

~ Paulo Coelho

Know what you want and how to get it.  Be busy and make use of your life.  Be joyful without reason.

Not only are they rules to live by – they are three very good reasons why growing up is overrated 😛

I think we could all learn a thing or two by watching how children approach life and the world – as if everyone is interesting and everything is a miracle.

Keep me away from the wisdom which does not cry, the philosophy which does not laugh and the greatness which does not bow before children.

~ Kahlil Gibran

The Answer

November 24, 2009

“There are only four great questions in life: What is sacred? Of what is the spirit made? What is worth living for? What is worth dying for? The answer to all of them is the same:

Only Love.”

~ Johnny Depp (as Don Juan de Marco)

Giddy Up!

June 26, 2009

Life itself is intelligence riding everywhere on chemicals.

We must not make the mistake of thinking the rider and the horse are the same.

~ Deepak Chopra

Saying we are all just a series of chemical reactions doesn’t answer the question.  Where do the chemicals come from and what makes them react the way they do?

The scientist seeks to understand the chemicals in the hope of explaining life.  There is no explaining life.  The best he can do in his searching and experimenting is learn to marvel at life – and ask more questions.

How Many Question Marks Are Healthy???

June 10, 2009

In all affairs it’s a healthy thing now and then to hang a question mark on the things you have long taken for granted.

~ Bertrand Russell

Just Do It

April 2, 2009

Some say the glass is half empty, some say the glass is half full. I say, are you going to drink that?

~ Lisa Claymen