A code to live by

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  1. 40yearfan

    40yearfan DEFENSE!!!! Contributor

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    George Carlin's wife recently passed away. He wrote the following
    Typically sharp, and some good advice.

    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 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


    1. Throw out nonessential numbers. This includes age, weight and height.
    Let the doctor worry about them. That is why you pay him/her.

    2. Keep only cheerful friends. The grouches pull you down.

    3. Keep learning. Learn more about the computer, crafts, gardening,
    whatever. Never let the brain idle. "An idle mind is the devil's
    workshop." And the devil's name is Alzheimer's.

    4. Enjoy the simple things.

    5. Laugh often, long and loud. Laugh until you gasp for breath.

    6. The tears happen. Endure, grieve, and move on. The only person who is
    with us our entire life, is ourselves. Be ALIVE while you are alive.

    7. Surround yourself with what you love, whether it's family, pets
    keepsakes, music, plants, and hobbies, whatever. Your home is your

    8. Cherish your health: If it is good, preserve it. If it is unstable,
    improve it. If it is beyond what you can improve, get help.

    9. Don't take guilt trips. Take a trip to the mall, to the next county,
    to a foreign country, but NOT to where the guilt is.

    10. Tell the people you love that you love them, at every opportunity.

    AND ALWAYS REMEMBER: Life is not measured by the number of breaths we
    take, but by the moments that take our breath away. If you don't send
    this to at least 8 people....who cares?

    George Carlin
  2. Pariah

    Pariah H.S. Contributor

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    Oh, man. SWD is going to be crushed. Carlin is telling people to pray more (and he doesn't say "to Joe Pesci").

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