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: Sympathies to George Carlin

01-29-2004, 09:21 AM
Nothing to do with fly anything!

Subject: Interesting thoughts....and so true.

George Carlin's wife recently passed away. He wrote the following piece.

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 mind.


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

01-29-2004, 09:30 AM
Dave... Thanks so much for posting that.... I really don't know what more I can say....

01-29-2004, 11:01 AM
I was summarily informed by 'others' on FAOL that Carlin isn't/wasn't the author of the above - Whatever. I really don't care; I'm not considering doing a research project on this- I received the info from what I trusted to be reliable authority.

At least I paid my respects upon the loss of his wife. Sorry if this is/ becomes/was misleading.

George Carlin's wife died.

01-29-2004, 11:44 AM
Words worth forming a life around.

Hugs and Blessing to you.

01-29-2004, 01:00 PM
His last sentence,
"Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away."

Says it all.