Waking up to Wisdom
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Why Not Be Ready?

On Apr 12, 2013 Conrad P Pritscher wrote:

 I am aged 81.  I'm in good health so I think I have about seven or eight more years of living in this body..  Recently I have thought more about how fast seven or eighty years go by.   Normally, my mind is filled with nonstop chatter, but as I get older, I think more of being no one going nowhere.  When I am no one going nowhere  I die and am born  each second.  Also when I am no one going nowhere, there is no separate I too have a problem so  there are already no problems.  When I am no one going nowhere, I notice I am more one with everyone and everything  and that everyone and everything is impermanent. This piece reminded me of the story of Zorba the Greek who once met a 95-year-old man planting in oak tree.  Zorba said something like, "Hey old man don't you know it takes a very long time for the oak tree to grow?"   And the old man said: "I live as though I am never going to die."  And Zorba then said: "And I live as though each day were my last."

On Apr 12, 2013 jo wrote:

Conrad, may we all take heed to the wisdom of Zorba the Greek.  Love it . . . love you!  Eternal life in you!


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