If you have any self-respect,
A heart in your chest,
Brains in your head, and
Some sympathy for yourself,
Regret your past actions and
Improve your whole behavior.
It’s time! It’s very late!
To change one’s life: Start immediately. Do it flamboyantly. No exceptions. ~William James
Why must conversions always come so late? Why do people always apologize to corpses? ~David Brin
|When I am pinned and wriggling on the wall,|
|Then how should I begin|
|To spit out all the butt-ends of my days and ways?|
|-The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock by T. S. Eliot|
Do I remember at every moment that I am dying & everyone & every thing else is [also] & so treat all beings at all times with compassion? Has my understanding of death & impermanence become keen & so urgent that I am devoting every second to the pursuit of enlightenment? If [we] can answer ‘yes’ to both of these, then [we] have really understood impermanence. -Sogyal Rinpoche
|Scale back your long hopes|
|Seize the day, trusting as little as possible in the future.
Each day comes bearing its own gifts. Untie the ribbons. ~Ruth Ann Schabacker
Gather ye rose-buds while ye may;
If you were going to die soon and had only one phone call you could make, who would you call and what would you say? And why are you waiting? ~Stephen Levine