living

Live full, die empty

“We don’t take any days for granted,” said Pagano, 58, whom the Bears hired in January. “Every day that we get, we try to kick its ass, take full advantage of it. If you get another one, we’re going to do the same thing the next day.”

“‘Live full, die empty’ is the motto now.”

~ from this story on Chuck Pagano

Tiger Eyes, by Judy Blume

I’m surprised that nobody I know knows the story Tiger Eyes, either the book by Judy Blume or the movie based on the book.

Probably the main theme of the book is about people who are afraid. Presumably they’re afraid of dying, and the result is that they’re afraid of living. Meanwhile, a teenage girl who has good reason to be afraid encounters these people who are afraid of life, and eventually realizes that a fear of life is no way to live. Despite a horrific thing that has happened in her recent past, she makes a conscious decision to live her life.

You have this one life

As a guy who’s been unconscious seven times I like this, “You have one life” quote. Take it from me, when your lights go out, one of the main thoughts you’ll have is, “I wish I had done <fill in the blank>.”

(The quote appears to be by Beardsley Jones, and the image was put together by tinybuddha.com.)

Two quotes from Daliy Stoic

“No man can have a peaceful life who thinks too much about lengthening it.” ~ Seneca

“There is a limit to the time assigned you, and if you don’t use it to free yourself, it will be gone and never return.” ~ Marcus Aurelius

You’ve got to be real. Don't be a phony.

“You’ve got to be real. Don't be a phony. Find ‘you,’ who you are ... Say, ‘Here I am. Take me for what I am with all my frailties, all my stupidity, and so on. And if you can’t, leave me alone.’”

~ Leo Buscaglia in the book, Living, Loving, & Learning

People who have been very sick have a different set of priorities

People who haven’t been seriously sick before have a different set of priorities than I do. I remember eight years when I went on a yoga retreat in Mexico, a young girl boasted that she had read one book a day while we were on retreat. I didn’t say anything to her, but I thought, “Well, I laid on the beach, swam in the ocean, walked through a cemetery, went off the grid and ate some funky food at some out of the way restaurants, drank tequila in the town square every night with the locals, and learned a little Spanish.”

Neither way is necessarily good or bad, just different.

How to balance impermanence and desire (to live)

I thought this was an unusual Q&A on LionsRoar.com, but the more I thought about it, it may be helpful to people trying to understand mindfulness, impermanence, life, and death, so I thought I’d share it.

FWIW, I went through the near-death experience several times last spring, and this quote from the article pretty much sums up my feelings these days:

Whenever I get nervous about anything these days I say to myself, “What’s the worst that’s going to happen, I’m going to die again? Been there, done that.”