Tuesday, May 04, 2010

I have a question for you . . .

Today I am asking for some audience participation from my esteemed, eclectic and elegant readership. Please consider my request and take twelve seconds or twelve months to respond. For the bashful lurkers, instructions on how to publicly or privately offer your thoughts are given below.

In some recent readings, I came across a provocative question, which I have modified slightly for my purpose. Here it is:

"Indicate some of the fundamental beliefs, concepts, philosophy of life or articles of faith which help carry you along, tide you over rough spots or guide you in the every day conduct of your life."

I should like to pose that considerable inquiry to our little corner of the blogosphere. I certainly will respond, perhaps several times to the parameters of that question. I would ask that you do also. You are welcome to take the words and meaning of those italicized phrases in any manner you like. Send a snippet, offer a thesis, expound or quip. Just please don't be silent.

For the rather sizable number of my readers who would rather remain anonymous, there are several ways to respond without public linkage to your reality. First and the easiest, just click the word "comments" below the last line of this post and open your thoughts with "do not ID me." I moderate all comments to this blog before they are posted and I will detach your name from your comment on request. I may use your thoughts but I will shield your identity.

You can also choose the "anonymous" signature on a comment, that works as well, but in those cases even I will not know who sent the comment. Your choice: protected identity or true anonymity. I may save some of the comments for later posts, so if yours doesn't show up immediately, it will be because I am pondering your submission and will seek to respond or spin off some thoughts you have sparked.

Thank you in advance and may I ask again:

"Indicate some of the fundamental beliefs, concepts, philosophy of life or articles of faith which help carry you along, tide you over rough spots or guide you in the every day conduct of your life."
art credit: Chow Martin


SirFWALGMan said...

Life Sucks and then you die.. I am really looking forward to that last part.

peacecorn said...

I've started and stopped this comment six times now. Can't wait to hear YOUR answer to the question! I'll email you mine soon, but I need to mull this one over a bit.

Idoru99 said...

Quotations that resonate with me at the present time include -

"To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children...to leave the world a better place...to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded." Ralph Waldo Emerson

"We are here to awaken from our illusion of separateness." Thich Nhat Hanh

"Consult not your fears but your hopes and your dreams. Think not about your frustrations, but about your unfulfilled potential. Concern yourself not with what you tried and failed in, but with what it is still possible for you to do." Pope John XXIII

Anonymous said...

To give freely of oneself and serve others.


Dr. Pauly said...

"Life is what happens when you're busy making other plans." - John Lennon

"Life is just to die." - Lou Reed

"The lunatic is in my head." - Roger Waters

"Set the gearshift for the high gear of your soul, you have to run like an antelope, out of control." - Trey Anastasio/Tom Marshall

"Lately it occurs to me... what a long strange trip its been." - Robert Hunter/Jerry Garcia

Anonymous said...

"he not busy being born is busy dying" Bob Dylan

"Don't be a dick"
Wil Wheaton

In dwelling, live close to the ground.
In thinking, keep to the simple.
In conflict, be fair and generous.
In governing, don't try to control.
In work, do what you enjoy.
In family life, be completely present.

Tao Te Ching

Drizztdj said...

I no longer follow a religion, instead after some profound late night discussions with bloggers and staring at my cubical walls I try to live by a quote from my favorite movie.

"Life moves pretty fast, if you don't stop to look around once in a while, you could miss it"

- Ferris Bueller

For the last four years, I've stopped missing out on what could be and tried more to make it so.

Anonymous said...

surrender to the flow

Tina said...

If it's true that (as many spiritual philosophers have noted) 'with our thoughts we create the world,' why not choose the reality that's the most interesting and fun?