Some of you may remember when George circulated this note. It was actually written by Dr. Bob Moorehead a former pastor of Seattle’s Overlake Christian Church. It clearly hit a cord with Carlin. For those of us that followed his humor through adulthood, his and ours, George clearly was moving towards his inner darkness. Moorehead’s parable, The Paradox of Our Age, was from a slightly earlier time. Positive clarity but not “Pollyanish.” Regardless, even through the haze of a glass half empty vs. a glass half full, Moorehead’s ending thoughts are more than just the feel good comments of the day. They are words of wisdom that are motivational reminders sifting through an era of mean-spirited self-righteous indignation that is all to common.
Moorehead, underscored by Carlin, provides a deeper understanding. It depicts how Carlin was much more than just a crass stand up comic. George, as with most of us, are much more than our public veneer. At times, we need to be reminded that our outward appearances may only be reflective of the standards set by others.
Moorehead and Carlin are asking us to get our acts together, to think about what really is important. This is no small task in our harried state of accelerations where shallow responses substitute for substance. Beyond the superficiality of many a Facebook comment, we need to “Like” back and mean it. It shows we care. It shows that we are at least attempting to get our priorites straight. Slow down, breath deep and smell the roses. We all should be better for it.
Stephen Glenn Harding
A Message from Bob and George:
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
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
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.
If you don’t send this to at least 8 people….Who cares?
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