All or Nothing – Lang Leav

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Lang Leav

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Somewhere I Have Never Travelled, Gladly Beyond – E.E.Cummings

somewhere i have never travelled,gladly beyond

any experience,your eyes have their silence:

in your most frail gesture are things which enclose me,

or which i cannot touch because they are too near

your slightest look easily will unclose me

though i have closed myself as fingers,

you open always petal by petal myself as Spring opens

(touching skilfully,mysteriously)her first rose

or if your wish be to close me, i and

my life will shut very beautifully ,suddenly,

as when the heart of this flower imagines

the snow carefully everywhere descending;

nothing which we are to perceive in this world equals

the power of your intense fragility:whose texture

compels me with the color of its countries,

rendering death and forever with each breathing

(i do not know what it is about you that closes

and opens;only something in me understands

the voice of your eyes is deeper than all roses)

nobody,not even the rain,has such small hands

Words that Tugged at My Heartstrings

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“It’s just that sometimes people use thought to not participate in life.” ~ Bill

“… We accept the love we think we deserve.” ~ Bill

“Not everyone has a sob story, Charlie, and even if they do, it’s no excuse.” ~ Charlie’s Dad

“I just think it’s bad when a boy looks at a girl & thinks that the way he sees the girl is better than the girl actually is.”  ~ Charlie

“I don’t know if it’s better to be close w/ your daughter or make sure that she has a better life than you do.” ~ Charlie

“I feel great! I really mean it. I have to remember this for the next time I’m having a terrible week.”  ~ Charlie

“She really did look sad, and I wished I could have made her feel better, but sometimes, I guess you just can’t.” ~ Charlie (on Sam)

“But because things change. And friends leave. And life doesn’t stop for anybody.”  ~ Charlie

“every person has to live for his or her own life and then make the choice to share it with other people. Maybe that is what makes people ‘participate.’” ~ Charlie

“Because I guess we all forget sometimes. And I think everyone is special in their own way.” ~ Charlie

“She wasn’t bitter. She was sad, though. But it was a hopeful kind of sad. The kind of sad that just takes time.” ~ Charlie (on Sam)

“You can’t just sit there & put everybody’s lives ahead of yours & think that counts as love. You just can’t. You have to do things.” ~ Sam (talking to Charlie)

“I guess we are who we are for a lot of reasons. And maybe we’ll never know most of them. But even if we don’t have the power to choose where we come from, we can still choose where we go from there. We can still do things. And we can try to feel okay about them.” ~ Charlie

“And even if somebody else has it much worse, that doesn’t really change the fact that you have what you have.” ~ Charlie

“Maybe it’s good to put things in perspective, but sometimes, I think that the only perspective is to really be there… Because it’s okay to feel things. And be who you are about them.” ~ Charlie

“Please believe that things are good with me, and even when they’re not, they will be soon enough.” ~ Charlie

Sunscreen & Other Matters of Life

Mary Schmich’s “Advice, like youth, probably just wasted on the young” was published in the Chicago Tribune as a column on June 1, 1997. In her introduction to the column, she described it as the commencement address she would give if she were asked to give one.

Ladies and Gentlemen of the class of ’97. Wear sunscreen. If I could offer you one tip for the future, sunscreen would be it. The long-term benefits of sunscreen have been proved by scientists whereas the rest of my advice has no basis more reliable than my own meandering experience… I will dispense this advice now

Enjoy the power and beauty of your youth; oh, nevermind, you will not understand the power and beauty of your youth until they’ve faded. But trust me, in 20 years you’ll look back at photos of yourself and recall in a way you can’t grasp now, how much possibility lay before you and how fabulous you really looked. You are NOT as fat as you imagine.

Don’t worry about the future; or worry, but know that worrying is as effective as trying to solve an algebra equation by chewing bubblegum. The real toubles in life are apt to be things that never crossed your worried mind; the kind that blindside you at 4pm on some idle Tuesday

Do one thing everyday that scares you.

Sing.

Don’t be reckless with other people’s hearts. Don’t put up with people who are reckless with yours.

Floss.

Don’t waste your time on jealousy; sometimes you’re ahead, sometimes you’re behind. The race is long, and in the end, it’s only with
yourself.

Remember compliments you receive. Forget the insults. If you suceed in doing this, tell me how.

Keep your old love letters. Throw away your old bank statements.

Stretch.

Don’t feel guilty if you don’t know what you want to do with your life. The most interesting people I know didn’t know at 22 what they wanted to do with their lives; some of the most interesting 40 year old’s I know still don’t.

Get plenty of calcium.

Be kind to your knees, you’ll miss them when they’re gone.

Maybe you’ll marry, maybe you won’t. Maybe you’ll have children, maybe you won’t. Maybe you’ll divorce at 40. Maybe you’ll dance the funky chicken on your 75th wedding anniversary. Whatever you do, don’t congratulate yourself too much or berate yourself either – your choices are half chance, so are everybody else’s.

Enjoy your body, use it every way you can… don’t be afraid of it, or what other people think of it… it’s the greatest instrument you’ll ever own.

Dance… even if you have nowhere to do it but in your own living room.

Read the directions, even if you don’t follow them.

Do NOT read beauty magazines they will only make you feel UGLY.

Brother and sister together we’ll make it through. Someday your spirit will take you and guide you there. I know you’ve been hurting, but I’ve been waiting to be there for you. And I’ll be there just helping you out whenever I can.

Get to know your parents, you never know when they might be gone for good. Be nice to your siblings; they’re your best link to your past and the people most likely to stick with you in the future

Understand that friends come and go, but for the precious few you should hold on. Work hard to bridge the gaps in geography and lifestyle because the older you get, the more you need the people you knew when you were young.

Live in New York City once, but leave before it makes you hard. Live in Northern California once, but leave before it makes you soft.

Travel.

Accept certain inalienable truths. Prices will rise, Politicians will philander, you too will get old. And when you do, you’ll fantasize that when you were young, prices were reasonable, politicians were noble, and children respected their elders.

Respect your elders.

Don’t expect anyone else to support you. Maybe you have a trust fund, maybe you’ll have a wealthy spouse; but you never know when either one might run out.

Don’t mess too much with your hair, or by the time you’re 40, it will look 85.

Be careful whose advice you buy, but, be patient with those who supply it. Advice is a form of nostalgia; dispensing it is a way of fishing the past from the disposal, wiping it off, painting over the ugly parts, and recycling it for more than it’s worth.

But trust me on the sunscreen.

**The Title Sunscreen and Other Matters Of Life was the title of the essay I got to read during my freshman days in UP Manila.

“Jesus made it clear that the most essential thing you can do is to learn to sit at His feet and listen to His words. God doesn’t necessarily need you to do anything for Him. He doesn’t need your time, service, money, or talents to accomplish His will. He wants your heart and devotion first.”
~Ben Young

Those who love deeply never grow old; they may die of old age, but they die young.

 

~ Dorothy Canfield Fisher

 

I have one good reason why you should walk away from temptation right now. One reason: God. Is. Better.

 

~ Francis Chan
In fact, He is always the best choice.  Always. (: