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June 11, 2011 / theoldsilly

A Saturday Pontification – “Real Life”

“For a long time it had seemed to me that life was about to begin—real life. But there was always some obstacle in the way, something to be gotten through first, some unfinished business, time still to be served, a debt to be paid. Then life would begin. At last it dawned on me that these obstacles were my life.”

~~~ Alfred D Sousa ~~~

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  1. Mark Phelps / Jun 11 2011 6:30 am

    Amen to THAT!

  2. Stanley Berber / Jun 11 2011 6:31 am

    Excellent Pont, Marv – we do so often fail to see that our lives ARE the journey, not some fictitious destination.

  3. Salvatore Buttaci / Jun 11 2011 7:27 am

    It’s true that too often we think we need to clear the field before we sow, that we are never quite ready to do something to our heart’s content. Meanwhile, day by day, year by year, life passes us by. In the end it’s only in memories that we re-experience those desires, but not the fruition of those desires. Sousa had it right: we need to get out there and plant the flowers, watch them grow, and not be afraid of too much or too little rain.

    Salvatore Buttaci, author of 200 Shorts

  4. unwriter1 / Jun 11 2011 7:53 am

    One can live or just exist. I’ve known too many that ‘exist’ but know nothing about ‘living’. I have social anxiety but I still belong to Toastmasters yet going to Walmart is at times traumatic for me.

    Sitting at home and doing just the basics to survive is boring.

    • theoldsilly / Jun 11 2011 8:44 am

      Very open and candid comment, Ron – thank you. 🙂

  5. ReformingGeek / Jun 11 2011 10:06 am

    Amen to that and to Ron’s comment.

  6. Alex J. Cavanaugh / Jun 11 2011 10:13 am

    Now that is so true! Besides, the only people with no obstacles or problems live in the graveyard.

    • theoldsilly / Jun 11 2011 10:39 am

      Alex, reminds me of the two guys who worked as diggers in the graveyard. This one grave had just lowered into it a brand new Mercedes Benz, the deceased driver at the wheel, dressed in an expensive italian suit, with about a million dollars of gold and jewelry on. As the two were beginning to fill in the grave, the one said to the other, with a nod toward the rich man below, “Man, that’s living!”

  7. Cactus Annie / Jun 11 2011 10:36 am

    Now THAT is SO true!

  8. Helen Ginger / Jun 11 2011 4:28 pm

    Very good post. We sometimes groan about the “now” and look for better things to happen in the future. Then we get to the future and look to the past as the good old days. In the end, we’ve enjoyed neither.

    • theoldsilly / Jun 12 2011 5:14 am

      Yes, so true, Helen … the old saying, “Stop and smell the roses” comes to mind, hmm?

  9. Yvonne Lewis / Jun 12 2011 4:58 am

    Sounds a sensible reason to me.
    I am almost over my jet lag so will be a regular follower from now on. had a fantastic time and all the Canadians and the American people were so friendly. Lovely vacation.

    • theoldsilly / Jun 12 2011 5:15 am

      Great to have you back, Yvonne. Glad you enjoyed your stay in the Americas, and will look forward to visits from you from over in Jolly old England. 🙂

  10. L. Diane Wolfe / Jun 12 2011 1:10 pm

    We forget that living is the journey, not necessarily the destination.

    • theoldsilly / Jun 12 2011 4:03 pm

      How true dat, Diane, how very true dat.

  11. Ronald Meyers / Jun 13 2011 11:05 am

    Wise words!

  12. Thelma Banks / Jun 13 2011 11:39 am

    Truer words were never said – good reminder post, Old Silly!

    • theoldsilly / Jun 13 2011 11:42 am

      Thanks, Thelma – I have to remind myself all the time too!

  13. James Peterson / Jun 13 2011 11:41 am

    What’s that old song from the 60s? “Don’t it always seem to go, that you don’t know what you got til it’s gone …”

    Very appropriate here, I’d say. 😉

    • theoldsilly / Jun 13 2011 11:43 am

      Ah yes, Carly Simon, I believe. Remember it well, and yes very appropriate!

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