A message by George Carlin

I have a problem. I am a message hoarder. Current personal inbox total = 5605.

What can I say? It’s the digital equivalent of shoe boxes of letters, notes, coasters, and photos. I had a hard time slimming those down too back when my parents said I couldn’t store them all at their place anymore.

So, last week when I decided to tackle my yahoo, I came across a message from a friend who shared these words by George Carlin. It’s a little long…somewhat depressing, but it speaks to this time of year when we become more reflective and sensitive. In any case, I value it enough to share it here.

Plus, now I can delete and my inbox is down to 5604!


The paradox of our time in history is that we
have taller buildings but shorter tempers,
wider freeways, but narrower viewpoints.
We spend more,
but have less, we buy more, but enjoy less.
We have bigger houses and smaller families,
more conveniences, but less time.
We have more degrees
but less sense,
more knowledge, but less judgment,
more experts, yet more problems,
more medicine, but less wellness.

We drink too much, smoke too much, spend too
recklessly, laugh too little,
drive too fast,
get too angry,
stay up too late,
get up too tired,
read too little,
watch TV too much,
and pray too seldom.
We have multiplied our possessions,
but reduced our values. We talk too much, love too seldom,
and hate too often.

We’ve learned how to make a living,
but not a life.
We’ve added years to life not life to years.
We’ve been all the way to the moon and back,
but have trouble crossing the street to meet a new
We conquered outer space but not inner space.
We’ve done larger things, but not better things.

We’ve cleaned up the air, but polluted the soul.
We’ve conquered the atom, but not our prejudice.
We write more, but learn less.
We plan more, but accomplish less.
We’ve learned to rush, but not
to wait.
We build more computers to hold more
information, to produce more copies than ever,
we communicate less and less.

These are the times of fast foods and slow
digestion, big men and small character, steep
profits and shallow relationships.
These are the days of two incomes but more divorce,
fancier houses, but broken homes.
These are days of
quick trips, disposable diapers, throwaway morality,
one night stands, overweight bodies, and pills that
do everything from cheer, to quiet, to kill.
It is a time when there is much in the showroom window
and nothing in the stockroom.
A time when technology can
bring this letter to you, and a time when you
can choose either to share this insight, or to just

Remember, spend some time with your loved ones,
because they are not going to be around forever.
Remember, say a kind word to someone who looks
up to you in awe, because that little person soon will
grow up and leave your side.
Remember, to give a warm hug to the one next to you,
because that is the only treasure you can give with your heart and
it doesn’t cost a cent.

Remember, to say, “I love you” to your partner
and your loved ones, but most of all mean it.
A kiss and an embrace will mend hurt when it comes from
deep inside of you.
Remember to hold hands and cherish
the moment for someday that person will not be
there again.
Give time to love, give time to speak,
give time to share the precious thoughts in your

Life is not measured by the number of breaths we
take, but by the moments that take our breath

  1. Melissa said:

    Wise words

  2. Irene Morton said:

    A very timely message as we enter the year 2012. For the past few years, many have been gradually making choices to change the world from the place of disconnect to that of connection. To know our inner self and know we are connected to all things. We are not independent but rather interdependent on all living things, and once we truly feel this we will change the world. So pleased you decided to clean out your inbox and share this with others!

  3. oh my gosh. I’m so happy to have ended up in your blog and learned about George Carlin.
    Fabulous post. Wishing you all the love, comfort & blessings you need on your journey to make it easier when it’s actually not.

  4. Hi! thank you so much! i love your blog by the way. so beautiful.

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