Wednesday, February 19, 2014

The Love Of Life

To love life, one must be willing to take whatever comes.


  1. in this case, i guess i am not qualified to be the one who truly love life.

  2. This one made me think of myself in my pre-teen years, where I wondered when life would finally cut me some slack.

    Life never did cut me slack, but I stopped hoping for it, and now I love life.

    Roll with the punches, as they say.

    1. wow, completely read my mind with this one! I won't lie, on the really bad days I can tell you almost to the day how many decades, years, months, and days since I last had a break. HOWEVER, living life consumed by that is a sure way to drive yourself hopelessly either to insanity or misery

  3. Your aphorism reminds me of the serenity prayer that says "God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference." Fear of the unknown is such an obstacle to the enjoyment of life. Being willing to take whatever comes isn't a passive process; we've still got a choice in how we react to the hand of fate. For me, loving life means living life on my own terms by having no regrets, very few worries, and taking each day as it comes.

  4. That is true. You may not like some of the things that happen but, as they say, "That's life!" Gotta take the good with the bad.

  5. So very true! Loving life means embracing the ups and accepting the downs. One needs to love life to truly enjoy it in all its varied aspects.

  6. An aphorism is not an aphorism unless you know what it means.
    "Pinky" Watson.

  7. I don't think you really have much choice in the matter, personally. People drive themselves literally off of the edge of a cliff trying desperately to run from, or after, something that they don't truly have the option to accept or deny. Sometimes, it just is what it is, and you have no choice but to live with it, or die trying to change it.

    So I think it comes down to more so a matter of: is this something you are literally willing to DIE to change? But of course, before you get to that point, you have to consider the very real question of: Is this something that is actually happening TO you, that is due to forces beyond your control, or something that YOU are doing to yourself?

    As Helena pointed out, the serenity prayer asks for the wisdom to tell the difference between the things that are and are not within our control, and for the courage to change those things that are. Just because something SEEMS hopeless or like LIFE did it to you, doesn't make it so. It could be due to any series of unfortunate choices you have made along the way. Which of course means you then have the power to change it.

    On the other hand, some things are literally happening to you and there's not a damned thing you can do about it, and no choice you ever could have made or could make would change it. I think if you can make these clarifications, and be dead set in your understanding of them and what choices you are making going forward, only then can you love the life you will lead

  8. To love life, you can either be a wise man (or woman) or a loser, or both.

  9. Well plainly this is profound.

    And lovely

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