Profoundly Beautiful

Posted by M ws On Thursday, November 17, 2011 1 comments
Thanks to KM who sent me the following post. Read it slowly and absorb the deep meaning...Have a great day!

Profoundly Beautiful...

Too many people put off something that brings them joy just because they haven't thought about it, don't have it on their schedule, didn't know it was coming or are too rigid to depart from their routine.

I got to thinking one day about all those people on the Titanic who passed up dessert at dinner that fateful night in an effort to cut back. From then on, I've tried to be a little more flexible.

How many women out there will eat at home because their husband didn't suggest going out to dinner until after something had been thawed? Does the word 'refrigeration' mean nothing to you?

How often have your kids dropped in to talk and sat in silence while you watched 'Jeopardy' on television?

I cannot count the times I called my sister and said , 'How about going to lunch in a half hour?' She would gas up and stammer, 'I can't. I have clothes on the line. My hair is dirty. I wish I had known yesterday, I had a late breakfast, It looks like rain' And my personal favorite: 'It's Monday.' She died a few years ago. We never did have lunch together.

Because people cram so much into their lives, we tend to schedule our headaches.. We live on a sparse diet of promises we make to ourselves when all the conditions are perfect!

We'll go back and visit the grandparents when we get Steve toilet-trained. We'll entertain when we replace the living-room carpet. We'll go on a second honeymoon when we get two more kids out of college.

Life has a way of accelerating as we get older. The days get shorter, and the list of promises to ourselves gets longer. One morning, we awaken, and all we have to show for our lives is a litany of 'I'm going to,' 'I plan on,' and 'Someday, when things are settled down a bit.'

When anyone calls my 'seize the moment' friend, she is open to adventure and available for trips. She keeps an open mind on new ideas. Her enthusiasm for life is contagious. You talk with her for five minutes, and you're ready to trade your bad feet for a pair of Rollerblades and skip an elevator for a bungee cord.

My lips have not touched ice cream in 10 years. I love ice cream.. It's just that I might as well apply it directly to my stomach with a spatula and eliminate the digestive process. The other day, I stopped the car and bought a triple-decker. If my car had hit an iceberg on the way home, I would have died happy.

Now... go on and have a nice day. Do something you WANT to... not something on your SHOULD DO list. If you were going to die soon and had only one phone call you could make, who would you call and what would you say? And why are you waiting?

Make sure you read this to the end; you will understand why I sent this to you.

Have you ever watched kids playing on a merry go round
or listened to the rain lapping on the ground?
Ever followed a butterfly's erratic flight
or gazed at the sun into the fading night?
Do you run through each day on the fly?
When you ask 'How are you?' Do you hear the reply?
When the day is done, do you lie in your bed
with the next hundred chores running through your head?
Ever told your child, 'We'll do it tomorrow.'
And in your haste, not see his sorrow?
Ever lost touch? Let a good friendship die?
Just call to say 'Hi'?

When you worry and hurry through your day,
it is like an unopened gift thrown away.
Life is not a race. Take it slower.
Hear the music before the song is over.

'Life may not be the party we hoped for... but while we are here we might as well dance.' 

-Author Unknown-

1 comments to Profoundly Beautiful

  1. says:

    walla "Do something you WANT to... not something on your SHOULD DO list."

    If i were to do something i want to, i'd have to be prepared to go to jail immediately after. (;P)

    "If you were going to die soon and had only one phone call you could make, who would you call and what would you say?"

    I haven't yet received inspiration on the wherewithal of His mobile number to call.

    .....profane (not profound) jokes aside....

    BUT there are profound responses. They try to hide behind rational, explainable and secular reasons. 'Try' because sometimes the signals, although weak, get through by leapfrogging over those mundane human self-assured reasons.

    But that's because the mind happens to be tuned in to receive those signals during the fleeting moments...

    Here's to share something springing out from bits of a translation by Bhikkhu Nanamoli. Born as Osbert Moore in England in 1905 and graduated from Exeter of Oxford, he was a staff officer stationed in Italy during WWI after which he went to Sri Lanka and translated the Pali Canons. He died at 55 one morning while taking a walk:

    First there's a symbiotic loop between consciousness and name-form. Out of that loop where one fosters the other, the name-form creates the contact which triggers the sixfold base which generates feelings which gives rise to cravings which results in clinging which gives notion to being which results in birth which ends in aging and death, sorrow, lamentation, pain, grief and despair.

    It's just my fly-by-night rendition of a small fragment of what was translated.

    Looks good enough to be copied, pasted and printed on a small card to be kept in the wallet or pocket to be referred now and then when the going gets tough, innit?

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