Friday, August 28, 2009
Most of you probably remember George Carlin as one of the funniest, though, controversial stand-up comics of our time. He died last year one month before his 71st birthday,,.leaving behind a body of work that was unique, witty, satiric, dark, and raw-dog in style, which touched on politics, taboo subjects, and often graphic language.
His albums produced 5 grammy awards, and he enjoyed success as an actor and author as well. While frail in stature, George had lots to say...and while his unique style repelled many, it touched and enlightened millions more.
However, what I'm about to share with you is something I, (One of his biggest fans) would never have expected to come from HIM! Sometime shortly before his death, George left the world a writtin message that nearly FLOORED me! And, no, I don't mean like making me laugh so hard I was rolling on the floor. THIS message runs much deeper! Please take a moment to read, and enjoy:
The paradox of our history is that we have taller buildings but shorter tempers, and wider freeways, but narrower viewpoints. We spend more, but have less, and we buy more, but enjoy less.
We have bigger houses, and smaller families. We have more conveniences, but less time. We have more degrees, but less sense, more knowledge, but less judgement, more experts yet more problems...and more medicine, but less wellness.
We drink too much, smoke too much, spend too recklessley, 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, but 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 neighbor. We've conquered outer space, but not inner space. We've done larger things, but not better things.
We've cleared up the air, but polluted our souls. We've conquered the atom, but not our prejudice. We write more, but learn less. We plan more, but acomplish 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 relatonships. These are the days of two incomes but more divorce, fancier houses but broken homes.
These are the days of quick trips, disposable diapers, throw-away morality, one night stands, overweight bodies, and pills that do everything from cheer, to quiet, to kill. These are the times when there is much in the showroom window, and nothing in the stock room.
It is a time when technology can bring this letter to you, and a time when you can choose either to share its insight, or just simply...CLICK delete.
REMEMBER; to spend some time with your loved ones, because they're not going to be around forever.
Remember; to say a kind word to someone who looks up to you in awe, because that little person will soon grow up and leave your side.
Remember; to give a warm hug to the one next to you, because that is the only treasure that you can give with your heart...and it doesn't cost you 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 any more.
Remember; to give time to love, give time to speak, and give time to share the precious thoughts in your mind.
AND ALWAYS REMEMBER;
Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.
Amazing....how some cosmic, crack-up comic of the '70's and 80's could write something so eloquent, and so appropriate. Breathtaking!