Friday, September 12, 2014

This Sweet World

Have much desire to play in this sweet world. 

        There is probably no better poem than "Ode to Life" (Neruda) to illustrate the idea that this life is about taking chances, about recognizing the sweetness of this one opportunity, about loving every gift (because every day is one), and about soaking in as many treasured blessings as you can.

Ode To Life by Pablo Neruda

Slowly dies he who becomes a slave to habit, 
repeating the same journey every day, 
he who doesn't change his march, he who doesn't risk 
and change the color of his clothes, he who doesn't speak to he whom he doesn't know. 

Slowly dies he who makes of the television his guru, 
he who avoids a passion dies, he who prefers 
black on white and dots on i's rather than a togetherness of emotions 
exactly those that make the eyes shine, 
those that make the heart beat 
before error and feeling. 

Slowly dies he who doesn't overturn the table, 
he who is unhappy in his work, 
he who doesn't risk certainty for uncertainty 
to follow a dream, 
he who doesn't permit himself at least one time in his life 
to flee sensible counsels. 

Slowly dies he who doesn't travel, he who doesn't read, 
he who doesn't listen to music, 
he who doesn't find grace in himself. 
he who destroys his own love dies, 
he who doesn't allow himself to be helped. 

He who passes his days lamenting 
about his own misfortune or the incessant rain dies. 
Slowly dies he who abandons a project 
before beginning it, 
he who doesn't ask questions about topics he doesn't know, 
he who doesn't answer when he is asked something that he knows. 

Let's avoid death by small doses, 
remembering always that being alive requires a much larger effort 
than the simple act of breathing. 
Only burning patience will bring within reach a splendid happiness...

The Girl In The Sunset, Rani Bajaj

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