Tuesday, May 26, 2009

A Comedian's Amazing Words

I received the following in an email from a friend and just had to share.

I hope you can take a moment to pause today and read this letter written by the comedian, George Carlin, of the 70's and 80's. If it speaks to you, I challenge you to find a way to make a difference.

A Message by George Carlin:

The paradox of our time in history is that we have taller buildings but shorter tempers, wider freeways ,but narrower 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 too 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 learned how 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 conquered outer space but not inner space. We've done larger things, but not better things.

We've cleaned up the air, but polluted the soul. 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 broken homes. These are 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 a time when you can choose either to 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, say a kind word to someone who looks up to you in awe, because that little person 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 of you.

Remember to hold 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.

Written by George Carlin

Beautiful words to ponder and give cause for reassessment.

Surrendering to Him,



Cindy said...

Those are wonderful words, some we should live by. Thanks for posting this, Eileen!

Jessica said...

I've read this too, and it's so ironic, some of it. Sad. Thanks for the reminder!

Warren Baldwin said...

Some people have the ability to take enormously complex and complicated issues and showing them in their basic simplicity. This bit of prose did that. Thank you. wb

Jennifer Shirk said...

Wow. I love that!

Thanks for sharing. :)

Jody Hedlund said...

Such great ironies and such a simplistic way of putting it! If only we could make our writing have that kind of impact! Thanks for sharing it. . .they're great reminders.

Hope your computer is feeling better!

Terri Tiffany said...

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

A few years ago, I stumbled across this saying in a store and fell in love with it. Oh to live each day like it was our last and mean it!
Wonderful words:))

Eileen Astels Watson said...

Hi, Lovely Blogger Friends. This is so simple, isn't it. Gives you much to ponder!

Katie said...

Wow - that had me in tears. I read it to my hubby. We should print it out and put it on our frige. Thanks for sharing Eileen!

Georgiana said...

I've never heard this before, but it's insightful. Sometimes it's so much easier to live behind the computer screen than to take the trek across the street to meet the neighbor. Something for me to keep in mind...

Chole said...

Very Beautiful! Thank you for posting it!