Something to Ponder

"I Was 18" Blackberry Z10.
“I Was 18″ Blackberry Z10.

Like most, I hate reading emails from the type of people that forward. Forwards drive me f-ing nuts. Yesterday, I guess you could say I accidentally read one called “Something to Ponder.”

Blackberry Z10. Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
Blackberry Z10. Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Sitting in Startbucks I opened that forwarded email that slipped past the “spam” guards, lol. Weirdly, in this case I’m glad I did. I just came to pick up a coffee. Hadn’t planned to take any photos.

Blackberry Z10.
Blackberry Z10.

Something to Ponder (Originally titled this in the email and credited to Comedian George Carlin – Credit actually belongs to Dr. Bob Moorehead as described below)

AKA

The Paradox of our Age: Dr. Bob Moorehead

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. 

Blackberry Z10
Blackberry Z10

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.

Blackberry Z10
Blackberry Z10

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 things. 

Blackberry Z10
Blackberry Z10

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. 

Blackberry Z10
Blackberry Z10

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 hit delete. 

Blackberry Z10
Blackberry Z10

Remember to 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.

Blackbery Z10
Blackbery Z10

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.

Blackberry Z10
Blackberry Z10

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.

Blackberry Z10
Blackberry Z10

And always remember, life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by those moments that take our breath away.

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Photos all taken with the Blackberry Z10.

118 thoughts on “Something to Ponder

  1. Reblogged this on St. Val the Eccentric and commented:
    This isn’t really about faith, but it is very contemplative about life. It made “Freshly Pressed” this morning. I vote it deserves a Reblog spot here too. Take the time to click, read, and think about it. Blessings for your day.

  2. Very thought-provoking. It sure made an impact on my thoughts, I hope it does that to every reader. Great post. And great photos! Congratulations on being Freshly Pressed!

  3. Great sentiments heightening by the excellent photos and by that I mean the subjects not the Blackberry! You could squeeze one more loss in there – more humans and less humanity!

  4. “The heart misses the soul when it pursues the desires of the flesh; emptiness creeps in and everything adds in one perfect mesh. Life turns sour which the heart can no longer mend; emptiness grows and life reaches the rope’s end. A flicker of hope shines from above; light comes down in the form of a dove. If heart gives in and opens its door once more; the soul won’t be missed and life will be lived on what is meant for.”

  5. Like your thoughts of the day. By the way bigger freeways….in some cases, as you know, tearing down part of the Gardiner Expressway in Toronto. Some city roads are getting narrower to slow down dangerous fast traffic for pedestrians and cyclists. :) So I only partially agree with wider freeways..

  6. holy cr**p- straight out the heart. hope i’m not violating anything by posting a link to this blog at the end of one of my post that talks pretty much about the same issue. thanks for the post.

  7. Beautiful thoughts all at one place. And unfortunately all are true to every single word. Thanks for sharing. It would be a great step If each one of us could learn from even one of them.:-)

  8. I would love to remember all those things, but I have trouble remembering. If we thought about this stuff all the time, wouldn’t our world be so much better?! I will try to remember next time something simple and stupid makes me angry. Thanks for food for thought.

  9. Gob-smacked. Beautiful pictures and most beautiful message so well delivered. All I want to know is how did you get inside my mind? lol Could never have said this as well as you anyway. Ahhhhh. Thinking “thank you” – nice work. :)

  10. I like the way the compositions are a little unsettling in these photos, like we’re not supposed to be sure of exactly what the focal point is. The high contrast adds to the atmosphere, too.

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  12. This is an amazing article! All of this was well thought out and seems to be so true in this fast pace world we live in today. Really made me stop and think about the way in which I go about my days living. Thank you for posting this.

  13. Thanks for sharing this! Truly a great reminder as we rush hurriedly through life. It’s good to be reminded to slow down, cherish people more, and live more meaningfully. :)

    Great photos to go with the forwarded e-mail too!

  14. Reblogged this on Just Me and commented:
    I found this terribly beautiful and every one of you who read this blog of mine but visit this blog and read these words. Maybe they will touch you like touched me.

  15. Unbelievably deep and thought provoking.We do all of these today.Larger house but smaller families.Buying more things than we ever need.Thank you for sharing and allowing me to ponder.

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