Are You Living?

I read this a few years back and in today’s supposedly modern world, this still rings true.

This ‘open letter’ was written by George Carlin, the legendary comic who passed away last year. He was also the first person to host Saturday Night Live and is one of the best comedians to have ever lived.

Please have a read, digest it and ask yourselves if you’re living your lives the way you're supposed to...

The paradox of our time in history is that we have taller buildings but shorter tempers, wider freeways, but narrow 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 judgement, 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 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 learnt 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 neighbour.

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 more broken homes.

These are the 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 in a time when you can choose to either share this insight, or to just hit delete.

Remember, spend some time with your loved ones, because they are not going to be around forever.

Remember to say a kind word to someone who looks up to you in awe, because that little someone 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 you.

Remember to hold the 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.

Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.

George Carlin

Isn't the above so insightful and heart warming? For someone who made millions laugh, he made millions more cry with this masterpiece.

Where will you find or hear about a comic making people cry? The answer is simple. When that comic knows what love is. This was written after his passed away.

Love is such a powerful thing no?


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