FROM THE EDITOR'S PEN
/ The Paradox of our Times
Last week, I spoke of the passing of a very public
caregiver, Tim Russert.
Sadly, this week I am compelled to talk of
caregiver who has passed - George Carlin.
Although the following is commonly attributed to Mr.
Carlin, I know from his website that he did not
write it. Yet, I think there are good things in it
to share with our friends and loved ones.
The Paradox of our times
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.
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.
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. We've cleaned up the air, but
polluted the soul. We've conquered the atom, but not our
- Remember, 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.
- 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
- 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.
Life is not
measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments
that take our breath away.