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Saturday, January 27, 2007

A Message from George

(whose wife recently died)
Isn't it amazing that George Carlin - gross and mouthy comedian of the 70's and 80's - could write something so very eloquent...and so very appropriate.

A wonderful 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 judgment, 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 neighbor. 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 mor e, but accomplish less. We've learned to rush, but not to wait. We build more computers to hold more information, to produce more c opies 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.
AND ALWAYS REMEMBER: Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.

And if you don't like what this says....Who cares?
............................................................. George Carlin
Gratitude List
Raindrops on roses
Whiskers on kittens
Bright copper kettles
Warm woolen mittens
Brown paper packages tied up with strings
And other stuff.....


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Empress Bee (of the High Sea) said...

uh oh, spam up there, sorry...

george carlin is dead??? why didn't someone tell me this? sigh.. that is sad to me. i saw him in 83 and laughed so hard i still remember it to this day. the seven things you can never say on television. tuna taco was one of them. he was raunchy but brilliant. we differed on lots of things but not comedy.

sad to hear about this....bee

Jenn said...


Empress Bee (of the High Sea) said...

oh, his wife, sorry.... and you can borrow the car any time, it's somewhere in alabama though. look in the backwoods, you'll find it, and don't let the dogs scare you, they won't bite (much), smiles, bee

Michael C said...

Wonderful! We should all read this every single day!!!!

CSL said...

I never thought of George Carlin as particularly senstive. Funny, yes, but this is quite tender.

My Heart Runneth Over said...

I love this.. simple and to the point! Really thought provoking! Now if only we could take if toff the page and put it into practice! Be well dear friend! ~M

Jocelyn said...

I'm always impressed by Carlin's intelligence and insights. Very sad about his wife...

Meloncutter said...

Thank You. I needed to read this.

Later Y'all

heartinsanfrancisco said...

This is beautiful. He was always bright and funny, and he has become a sage old man. Everything he says is true. What a great reminder that we have values, buried though they may be in "stuff," and we need to dust them off and use them every day.

The CEO said...

It's an amazing letter. Thank you.

Crankster said...

Thank you so much for posting that. Carlin is fantastic!