Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Mailbag

Many of you would like to know what is meant by my new mantra at the top "When you learn how to die, you learn how to live.", so instead of answering a bunch of individual emails about it, I thought I'd post about it. I found this statement by accident, really, but I thought it was profound and that it had much truth to it. I'm not Jewish, but it is a quote from a Jewish man named Morrie Schwartz from his book "Tuesdays with Morrie". I think this website explains it the best.

Here are some exerpts to give you a general idea:

"By living each day as if it could be our last, we relate to each life experience passionately, powerfully, and memorably."

"Have you ever experienced something so memorable that it is impossible to forget it? Most of us forget a large percentage of the people we meet, the places we go, the events we experience. But certain things stick out in our minds and are never forgotten. Why? What's special about those memorable times?"

"There don't seem to be too many days or happenings that we lock in like this. How can we produce more experiences and days to be lived as powerfully? Morrie tells us: Learn how to die, and you learn how to live."

1 comment:

Ann(ie) said...

SO true. At my friend Ben's funeral they talked about his oncologist saying over and over that he wished people could live life thru a cancer patients eyes for a while. Our world would be a different place.