life is not measured ….

I got this wonderful piece sent to me by Barbara@Barbara Duncan Mathies during the week as an comment to one of my post, because I used George Carlin’s wonderful quote for one of my posts. She told me that one of her friends was working for George Carlin as his assistant.

I think this is piece is such a important message – so I want to share it with you.freeways - joc com

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 judgment, more experts, yet more problems, more medicine, but less wellness.wellbeing

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.hug - twitter com

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 neighbor. We conquered outer space but not inner space. We’ve done larger things, but not better thingsrush - goodreads comWe’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 food - za

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…  friends - klear comRemember; 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.i love you - twitter com

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.time - vk com

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.

George Carlingeorge - vk com

George Denis Patrick Carlin (1937–2008) was an American stand-up comedian, social critic, actor, and author. Carlin was noted for his black comedy and his thoughts on politics, the English language, psychology, religion, and various taboo subjects. (text;

This piece was written in 70’s and 80’s, don’t know exactly when. Isn’t it amazing??????!!!!!.

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19 thoughts on “life is not measured ….

  1. 🙂 Dear Wivi,
    this is so beautiful it brings tears to my eyes – it’s so true!
    So here I hug you from the far distance!
    And many of these for you, too xxx 🙂

    • Sweet Pee! Happened to me to when I read it the first time. Fantastic piece. Sent you an email yesterday … to say thank you for the cards, both arrived at the same time. I would love to visit Sylt. I send you a late good morning hug.

    • Loisa, I know very little about the man … but he can put a piece like this together … he are my type on person. Have to look him up on YouTube.

  2. Well put, Vivi! I have slowed down out of necessity since giving up work, and it’s so much more restful…plus I do try to make as much time as I can for sharing time with friends. I shall send you a virtual hug now, and soon it will be real hugs!

    • Sue, I wish it was me that had come up with a piece like this! *smile – I’m the same as you .. there is so much more to life than all the MUSTS. There is always a tomorrow and if tomorrow doesn’t come, we don’t have to worry about what haven’t been done yesterday. Big hug back!

  3. So well put – thank you for writing it down here as well. I feel very sad when reading these words – What has become of us, and what we have done to this world and to ourselves. It is not easy being a human being. Sending a big hug, Viveka. You are a great woman! Do I detect Sue is coming to Sweden?

    • Regarding Sue! No, I don’t think so … but we are meeting up in Warsaw 22th.
      Thank you so much for the lovely comment … it feels good to be great in a humble way. *smile – You’re not so bad yourself.
      Yes, it made me sad too … but it’s something that has been going on for so long and the worst thing is that we don’t learn from it. If he wrote that about 30 years ago – what have we learned???? A hug fits every size … so I send you back to you.

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