Life, a dance
or a burden, after all?
„Life“ came to mind today after „death“ was the subject of my last post. For me, the two belong inseparably together. For as long as there have been human beings, they have been fascinated and perplexed by this emergence in being and the subsequent extinguishing of being.
Many sayings and quotations begin with the words „Life“. Here is a small selection:
Life a dance,
Film by Cédric Klapisch
Life is a gift, but how we use it is up to us.
Life, an unsolicited gift.
Ludger Lütkehaus (?)
Life is too precious to waste on worries.
Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach
Life was service. I acted, and behold, service was joy.
Life is too short to wait for revenge.
Life is a celebration
Film by Olivier Nakache and Éric Toledano
Life is like a play. It depends on how you play your part.
Life is beautiful
Film by Roberto Benigni
Life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re going to get.
Life is a stage, but the audience is more powerful than the actor.
George Bernard Shaw
Life is a chicken ladder, shitty from top to bottom.
Saying of my mother
Life is like a game; sometimes you win, sometimes you lose, but what matters most is how you play.
Life is an adventure, but you have to be willing to look for it.
The years of our life are seventy, or even by reason of strength eighty; yet their span is but toil and trouble; they are soon gone, and we fly away.
Psalm 90.10 English Standard Version
Life is like riding a bicycle; you have to keep moving to keep your balance.
The poem of Rabindranath Tagore most struck me:
I slept and dreamt that life was joy.
I awoke and saw that life was service.
I acted, and behold, service was joy.
So it depends on our actions and what we make of the unsolicited gift of our life. Whether we want it or not, we have it.
We decide whether to dance, love, enjoy our life, or make ourselves miserable, dominate and torment others.
Ultimately, it is up to us whether we see our life as a burden or as a celebration of having danced.
I believe that we are free to deal with our lives positively.
You, too, can find the beautiful and positive in your life alongside the frightening and burdensome if you pay attention to it with interest and appreciation.
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