Transfixus Sed Non Mortuus

Here I Stand, Pierced and Transfixed

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Don’t Forget…

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…to have a little fun in the snow!

This horse has the right idea. Let’s enjoy the life we have, whether the world is cold or warm. We can enjoy and live it up!

This young gent had osteosarcoma (a rare form of bone cancer) and knew he was going to die. Watch his story:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9NjKgV65fpo#!

You can either sit in your basement and wait [for death]…or you can do some stuff

Here’s his video “Clouds”:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sDC97j6lfyc


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9D05ej8u-gU

A Diligent Life

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If you had asked me a couple of years ago if I led a diligent and persistent life, I would have told you “yes.” However, I’m not so sure of that nowadays. In looking at the past, I see clearly all those places where I’ve failed to live up to my expectations of myself. What seems to happen is that I tell myself that I can do something, and for the moment that is true. But then, I tell myself that I can do another thing which might slightly compromise the first thing. That works okay for a while until a third thing comes along that I think I can do if I slightly compromise on the first two. This proceeds ad infinitum until I can accomplish next to nothing and I am stretched way too thin.

One might ask why I do such a thing. From my perspective, it comes from two main sources: love and wanting my life to be well-lived. I take on extra burden because I love something or someone. I make a commitment because I love this person. I take on more responsibility because I care about that responsibility’s well-being. I love this Earth and the creatures on it, and I feel a certain responsibility to them. The other reason I take on extra burden is because I have a desire to “experience” life. I might train for a marathon because I want to know what a 26.2 mile run feels like. I might bike more because I want to know what life feels like through the lens of a multi-day bike ride. I might try to learn in order to understand the world around me.

I think in general, these instincts of mine to experience and love in this life are quite necessary and good motives. The trouble is that I cannot do everything. I cannot be diligent in every aspect of my life. I cannot excel in everything under the sun. Other people may be able to, but I cannot. So, what then shall I be diligent in? What would make me feel that I could give love and have lived a good life?

Inscription On a Tomb

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Purportedly, there is an inscription on the tomb of a bishop buried in Westminster Abbey that reads:

When I was young and free and my imagination had no limits, I dreamed of changing the world. As I grew older and wiser, I discovered the world would not change, so I shortened my sights somewhat and decided to change only my country. But it, too, seemed immovable.

As I grew into my twilight years, in one last desperate attempt, I settled for changing only my family, those closest to me, but alas, they would have none of it.

And now as I lie on my deathbed, I suddenly realize: If I had only changed myself first, then by example I would have changed my family. From their inspiration and encouragement, I would then have been able to better my country and, who knows, I may have even changed the world.

A brother can be difficult
a blessing and a curse
but living life without one
is something far worse.
Together in fraternity,
a sentence set for life,
laced with petty rivalries
and ready for a fight.

Where nothing’s ever left unsaid,
the battle lines are drawn.
Promises are broken;
attack and get it done.
Weapons drawn and ready,
and who will fire first?
Hands, strong and steady,
hit exactly where it hurts.

You never leave a love so rare.
You never leave a love so long.
Remember that the life we share
is nothing but a song.

You put on a happy face
for every body new,
but the closest to your heart
so rarely get the best of you.
A moment’s contradiction
and the bickering’s begun,
daughters after mothers
and fathers on their sons.

But, you never leave a love so rare.
You never leave a love so long.
Remember that the life we share,
remember that the life we share
is nothing but a song.

(Ahh Ahh Ahh Ahh)
(Ahh Ahh Ahh)
(Ahh Ahh Ahh Ahh)
(Ahh Ahh Ahh)

You never leave a love so rare.
You never leave a love so long.
Remember that the life we share,
remember that the life we share,
remember that the life we share
is nothing but a song.

(Ahh Ahh Ahh Ahh)
(Ahh Ahh Ahh)
Oh, it’s nothing but a song.
(Ahh Ahh Ahh Ahh)
(Ahh Ahh Ahh)
~Great Big Sea