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srirr
Posted: Wednesday, September 13, 2017 2:44:29 AM

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I just read this beautiful poem. Thought to share this with you.

Pablo Neruda, Chilean poet won Nobel Prize for Literature in 1971. Here is a poem by him.

You start dying slowly

You start dying slowly
If you do not travel,
If you do not read,
If you do not listen to the sounds of life,
If you do not appreciate yourself.

You start dying slowly
When you kill your self-esteem;
When you do not let others help you.

You start dying slowly
If you become a slave of your habits,
Walking everyday on the same paths…
If you do not change your routine,
If you do not wear different colours
Or you do not speak to those you don’t know.

You start dying slowly
If you avoid to feel passion
And their turbulent emotions;
Those which make your eyes glisten
And your heart beat fast.

You start dying slowly
If you do not change your life when you are not satisfied with your job, or with your love,
If you do not risk what is safe for the uncertain,
If you do not go after a dream,
If you do not allow yourself,
At least once in your lifetime,
To run away from sensible advice…


We are responsible for what we are, and whatever we wish ourselves to be, we have the power to make ourselves. ~ Swami Vivekanand
almo 1
Posted: Wednesday, September 13, 2017 3:25:11 AM
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This is my favorite one:



On Aging



Do you realize that the only time in our lives when we like to get old is when we're kids? If you're less than 10 years old, you're so excited about aging that you think in fractions.

'How old are you?' 'I'm four and a half!' You're never thirty-six and a half. You're four and a half, going on five! That's the key

You get into your teens, now they can't hold you back. You jump to the next number, or even a few ahead.

'How old are you?' 'I'm gonna be 16!' You could be 13, but hey, you're gonna be 16! And then the greatest day of your life .. . You become 21. Even the words sound like a ceremony YOU BECOME 21. YESSSS!!!

But then you turn 30. Oooohh, what happened there? Makes you sound like bad milk! He TURNED; we had to throw him out. There's no fun now, you're Just a sour-dumpling. What's wrong? What's changed?

You BECOME 21, you TURN 30, then you're PUSHING 40. Whoa! Put on the brakes, it's all slipping away. Before you know it, you REACH 50 and your dreams are gone.

But wait!!! You MAKE it to 60. You didn't think you would!

So you BECOME 21, TURN 30, PUSH 40, REACH 50 and MAKE it to 60.

You've built up so much speed that you HIT 70! After that it's a day-by-day thing; you HIT Wednesday!

You get into your 80's and every day is a complete cycle; you HIT lunch; you TURN 4:30 ; you REACH bedtime. And it doesn't end there. Into the 90s, you start going backwards; 'I Was JUST 92.'

Then a strange thing happens. If you make it over 100, you become a little kid again. 'I'm 100 and a half!'
May you all make it to a healthy 100 and a half!!

- George Carlin -


taurine
Posted: Wednesday, September 13, 2017 6:58:28 AM

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almo 1

This is good... Drool
Jyrkkä Jätkä
Posted: Wednesday, September 13, 2017 7:49:12 AM

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http://encyclopedia.thefreedictionary.com/Jeanne+Calment

"I’ve never had but one wrinkle, and I’m sitting on it."
- Jeanne Calment, on her 120 years birthday.


In the beginning there was nothing, which exploded.
TheParser
Posted: Wednesday, September 13, 2017 8:08:16 AM
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almo 1 wrote:



You get into your 80's and every day is a complete cycle.




I turned 80 this year.

When people ask me how old I am, I announce: "I'm in my 81st year."

Is there anything good about being 80?

I can only think of one thing: I will not have to experience the inevitable dysfunction that is coming to the United States during the next 100 years. If people think that things are bad now, just wait until ...
Hope123
Posted: Wednesday, September 13, 2017 9:28:42 AM

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srirr wrote:
I just read this beautiful poem. Thought to share this with you.

Pablo Neruda, Chilean poet won Nobel Prize for Literature in 1971. Here is a poem by him.

You start dying slowly

You start dying slowly
If you do not travel,
If you do not read,
If you do not listen to the sounds of life,
If you do not appreciate yourself.

You start dying slowly
When you kill your self-esteem;
When you do not let others help you.

You start dying slowly
If you become a slave of your habits,
Walking everyday on the same paths…
If you do not change your routine,
If you do not wear different colours
Or you do not speak to those you don’t know.

You start dying slowly
If you avoid to feel passion
And their turbulent emotions;
Those which make your eyes glisten
And your heart beat fast.

You start dying slowly
If you do not change your life when you are not satisfied with your job, or with your love,
If you do not risk what is safe for the uncertain,
If you do not go after a dream,
If you do not allow yourself,
At least once in your lifetime,
To run away from sensible advice…


Very very true. Every word. Thank you Srirr.

There would be more happiness and less discontent in the world if people listened to the advice in the poem. Being grateful for what we have, stopping to take pleasure in nature's beauty around us, and creating loving relationships with family and friends is what it's all about. Hug at least one person every day. Admire the colors of the sunset, the different shades of green in the spring, and enjoy all the flowers that represent the basis of life beginning all over again. Hold a new baby whenever you can.

World food shortage that threatens five hundred million children could be alleviated at the cost of one day's warfare.
Y111
Posted: Wednesday, September 13, 2017 10:45:55 AM
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TheParser wrote:

I can only think of one thing: I will not have to experience the inevitable dysfunction that is coming to the United States during the next 100 years. If people think that things are bad now, just wait until ...

So, you don't believe in making it great again? Trump will fail?
TMe
Posted: Wednesday, September 13, 2017 11:01:24 AM

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Great choice, srirr. Motivating. par excellence

I am a layman.
srirr
Posted: Thursday, September 14, 2017 2:15:54 AM

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Almo, that was beautiful. I had read that before. Thanks for reviving the memories. Everyone misses the golden phase of life. We can't be child again. Still, let us be cheerful and enjoy every day of our life.

:) I do a lot of what Pablo Neruda says. A couple of things are out of my circle, but still I think I am not dying slowly.

Thanks mates for your kind words.

Love life, Live life.



We are responsible for what we are, and whatever we wish ourselves to be, we have the power to make ourselves. ~ Swami Vivekanand
Chazlee
Posted: Thursday, September 14, 2017 3:35:29 AM
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almo 1 wrote:

This is my favorite one:



On Aging



Do you realize that the only time in our lives when we like to get old is when we're kids? If you're less than 10 years old, you're so excited about aging that you think in fractions.

'How old are you?' 'I'm four and a half!' You're never thirty-six and a half. You're four and a half, going on five! That's the key

You get into your teens, now they can't hold you back. You jump to the next number, or even a few ahead.

'How old are you?' 'I'm gonna be 16!' You could be 13, but hey, you're gonna be 16! And then the greatest day of your life .. . You become 21. Even the words sound like a ceremony YOU BECOME 21. YESSSS!!!

But then you turn 30. Oooohh, what happened there? Makes you sound like bad milk! He TURNED; we had to throw him out. There's no fun now, you're Just a sour-dumpling. What's wrong? What's changed?

You BECOME 21, you TURN 30, then you're PUSHING 40. Whoa! Put on the brakes, it's all slipping away. Before you know it, you REACH 50 and your dreams are gone.

But wait!!! You MAKE it to 60. You didn't think you would!

So you BECOME 21, TURN 30, PUSH 40, REACH 50 and MAKE it to 60.

You've built up so much speed that you HIT 70! After that it's a day-by-day thing; you HIT Wednesday!

You get into your 80's and every day is a complete cycle; you HIT lunch; you TURN 4:30 ; you REACH bedtime. And it doesn't end there. Into the 90s, you start going backwards; 'I Was JUST 92.'

Then a strange thing happens. If you make it over 100, you become a little kid again. 'I'm 100 and a half!'
May you all make it to a healthy 100 and a half!!

- George Carlin -




Sorry almo 1, I believe that George Carlin never wrote or said that. There is a lot of stuff on the internet that gets attributed to Carlin that he never wrote or said. If you listen to or read much about Carlin, he was a very,very funny, but completely cynical person about life and people. The tone of what is written doesn't even really sound like Carlin. It's an interesting piece of writing, but, as a long-time fan, I don't believe it comes from him. If it did, please direct me to where you got it from. BTW, here is a very interesting article about all the things that have been written or said which Carlin gets credit for but did not come from him.
http://www.georgecarlin.net/boguslist.html#aging
Peace. Chazlee.
Jyrkkä Jätkä
Posted: Thursday, September 14, 2017 6:07:20 AM

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T.S. Eliot - Hollow Men


Mistah Kurtz-he dead
A penny for the Old Guy


I

We are the hollow men
We are the stuffed men
Leaning together
Headpiece filled with straw. Alas!
Our dried voices, when
We whisper together
Are quiet and meaningless
As wind in dry grass
Or rats' feet over broken glass
In our dry cellar

Shape without form, shade without colour,
Paralysed force, gesture without motion;

Those who have crossed
With direct eyes, to death's other Kingdom
Remember us-if at all-not as lost
Violent souls, but only
As the hollow men
The stuffed men.


II

Eyes I dare not meet in dreams
In death's dream kingdom
These do not appear:
There, the eyes are
Sunlight on a broken column
There, is a tree swinging
And voices are
In the wind's singing
More distant and more solemn
Than a fading star.

Let me be no nearer
In death's dream kingdom
Let me also wear
Such deliberate disguises
Rat's coat, crowskin, crossed staves
In a field
Behaving as the wind behaves
No nearer-

Not that final meeting
In the twilight kingdom


III

This is the dead land
This is cactus land
Here the stone images
Are raised, here they receive
The supplication of a dead man's hand
Under the twinkle of a fading star.

Is it like this
In death's other kingdom
Waking alone
At the hour when we are
Trembling with tenderness
Lips that would kiss
Form prayers to broken stone.


IV

The eyes are not here
There are no eyes here
In this valley of dying stars
In this hollow valley
This broken jaw of our lost kingdoms

In this last of meeting places
We grope together
And avoid speech
Gathered on this beach of the tumid river

Sightless, unless
The eyes reappear
As the perpetual star
Multifoliate rose
Of death's twilight kingdom
The hope only
Of empty men.


V

Here we go round the prickly pear
Prickly pear prickly pear
Here we go round the prickly pear
At five o'clock in the morning.

Between the idea
And the reality
Between the motion
And the act
Falls the Shadow
For Thine is the Kingdom

Between the conception
And the creation
Between the emotion
And the response
Falls the Shadow
Life is very long

Between the desire
And the spasm
Between the potency
And the existence
Between the essence
And the descent
Falls the Shadow
For Thine is the Kingdom

For Thine is
Life is
For Thine is the

This is the way the world ends
This is the way the world ends
This is the way the world ends
Not with a bang but a whimper.



In the beginning there was nothing, which exploded.
TheParser
Posted: Thursday, September 14, 2017 7:40:13 AM
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Y111 wrote:

So, you don't believe in making it great again? Trump will fail?



Hello, Y111.

It has nothing to do with what I think.

It has everything to do with cold brutal reality.

The United States has passed the point of no return in regard to a certain matter.

There is no going back.

Every country at the top has eventually fallen (think of Spain, France, England, etc.).

The United States is now in decline.

Of course, President Trump will fail to make America great again.

There are many people who are opposing him because they do NOT want to make America great again.

They have another vision of what kind of America they want.

And as the most fair-minded forum member, I acknowledge that they WILL achieve their goal within the next 100 years.



Chazlee
Posted: Thursday, September 14, 2017 9:25:39 AM
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TheParser wrote:
Y111 wrote:

So, you don't believe in making it great again? Trump will fail?



Hello, Y111.

It has nothing to do with what I think.

It has everything to do with cold brutal reality.

The United States has passed the point of no return in regard to a certain matter.

There is no going back.

Every country at the top has eventually fallen (think of Spain, France, England, etc.).

The United States is now in decline.

Of course, President Trump will fail to make America great again.

There are many people who are opposing him because they do NOT want to make America great again.

They have another vision of what kind of America they want.

And as the most fair-minded forum member, I acknowledge that they WILL achieve their goal within the next 100 years.





Parser, it is too bad that you have reached the age you have, 80, and you can only see that America will ultimately meet a terrible fate. Perhaps you are suffering from depression? Why did you even bother to vote for that idiot Trump if you felt that he "will fail to make America great again?" Why waste your time? Also, why continue to promote the idea that he is a great president if you know that he will ultimately fail to achieve the goal he has stated he is seeking?

Trump is the president, but even you know he is a clown. He has no idea what he is doing, and the American people are paying the price for having him in the White House. At least the 1st president you said you voted for, Kennedy, had the best interest of the American people in his heart. Trump cares about Trump. His regular golf games are costing the country a fortune and he doesn't give a damn. His family business dealings with foreign governments will one day be shown to have enriched only him and his loved ones.

Parser, you can't really believe that Trump is the president America needs. We are stuck with him, and deep down inside, you, the former liberal who voted for Kennedy, know we could have, and should have, elected a better person than Trump. Why is it so difficult for you to admit that electing Trump was one of the greatest errors America has ever made?

Peace. Chazlee.
tunaafi
Posted: Friday, September 15, 2017 6:18:31 PM

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TheParser wrote:


The United States has passed the point of no return in regard to a certain matter.


You may be telepathic, James, but most of us aren't. What is the 'certain matter'?
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