I know I've been MIA around blogville for some time now. I decided to take a break from virtual reality to face my tangible reality. A lot has happened since my last post, but I'll make an entry about that later. Meanwhile, I've been doing spring cleaning around my house since last week and it's been so tiring but I'm almost done. I just unearthed a few notes I made while I was reading Mitch Albom's Tuesdays with Morrie a few years ago. And I would love to share them with you. Here are a few excerpts from the book which touched my spirit and are still applicable to my heart:
Maybe Death is the great equalizer. "The most important thing in life is to learn how to give out love, & to let it come in". Levine: "Love is the only rational act".
"I give myself a good cry if I need it. But then I concentrate on all the good things still in my life".
"Not everyone is so lucky" - this apparently is the "coldest realization".
On the issue of preparing to die, Albom remarks: "...the culture doesn't encourage you to think about such things until you're about to die. We're so wrapped up with egotistical things; career, family, having enough money, meeting the mortgage, getting a new car, fixing the radiator when it breaks - we're involved in trillions of little acts just to keep going. So we don't get into the habit of standing back and looking at our lives and saying, Is this all? Is this all I want? Is something missing?"
"Everyone knows that they're going to die but nobody believes it, if we did, we would do things differently."
"Once you learn how to die, you learn how to live"
"...if you accept that you can die at any time - then you might not be as ambitious as you are".
"The fact is, there is no foundation, no secure ground, upon which people may stand today if it isn't the family".
Auden: "Love each other or Perish"
On 'detaching myself from the experience' - "don't cling to things, cause everything is impermanent".
"But detachment doesn't mean you don't let the experience penetrate you. On the contrary, you let the experience penetrate you fully. That's how you're able to leave it".
"You're afraid of the vulnerability that loving entails"
"Devote yourself to loving others, devoted yourself to your community around you, and devote yourself to creating something that gives you purpose and meaning".
This was a smokescreen - "my greed inconsequential compared to theirs" (other people).
What will you be reading this Spring? I plan to finish Elizabeth Gilbert's Eat, Pray, Love by next week and then finally finish The Secret by Rhonda Byrne. Those are wonderful books you can get cozy with on these rainy spring nights!