PHILOSOPHY OF HAPPINESS

 

 A THEORETICAL AND PRACTICAL EXAMINATION BY MARTIN JANELLO

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IX. LIFE AND DEATH

 

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LIVE KNOWING LIFE

PHILOSOPHICAL QUOTES & POEMS

There was and will be a very long time without your existence. Make this precious interval of being fully count by living a happy life.

 

 

 

we once were not

and soon

will not be again

we better be happy then

 

 

 

Multiply the years you have reasonably left by 12 months. This gives you a better idea of how little time there is to make the best of life.

 

 

 

forgive forget forge ahead

don’t die for a lifetime

break all decency of mourning

 

 

 

far away

from what we wanted

until death

our life will be haunted

by all factors that brought us here

 

 

 

as much as we try

to elude and fight death

its shadow follows us

until we merge into it

 

 

 

the ill orange tree

grew blossoms

out of season

as a last act of beauty

in the throws of

its fight for life

 

 

 

To weather life’s storms and make sense of it, we must first understand and become centered in ourselves.

 

 

 

a well-lived life is

about not taking

anybody’s word for it

 

 

 

some of us refuse

starting something new

even if it seems appealing

as if they would get

that chance in another life

 

 

 

there are days . . .

stop right there

and be glad about that

 

 

 

freezing time

is like holding your breath

you can’t do it for long

without dying

 

 

 

a ladder

with rungs missing

and questions where it leads

 

 

 

life is sho –

 

 

 

some leave

never having been there

 

 

 

having checked all systems

still falling from the sky

pilot says calmly goodbye

 

 

 

that all times will end

source of hope

and pain

 

 

 

most tired of living

before they die

regrets still burn deeply

when it is time

 

 

 

So what if you’re damaged. We all are, and our impairments die with us. But we are still here, holding the most precious gift in our hands. Any damage cannot much affect its luster.

 

 

 

Identifying worthy pursuits gains a necessary dimension of support from learning about detrimental pursuits. Their distinctions define one another.

 

 

 

If we cannot live on in our awareness, we wish to live on in other persons’ minds. But what are we doing to deserve such an important status?

 

 

 

After we are gone, someone may experience something of us and wonder about its context and who we were. Our dearest wish is to tell them.

 

 

 

We may not be able to grasp life while being immersed in it. Clarity may only set in as it draws to its end.

 

 

 

We fear death if we imagine an afterlife aware without a body, in a decaying body, or subject to other limits on happiness. To curb such horrors, we create fantasies of moving on to another life with similar or superior opportunities for happiness.

 

 

 

Until death, we may not deem our existence a matter of life and death.

 

 

 

most people defer

deeper considerations

until death impends

as if preparing for a test

on a subject they hate

but tragically it is then too late

 

 

 

they lived and died

nobody bothered

neither had they

 

 

 

what if this is about

the waiting hall

not the boarding of a train

 

 

 

my sadness about dying

mellowed by assurances

nature is only sleeping

 

 

 

Our lives are plagued by our inability to change the past and by death. How can we make the best of this?

 

 

 

The average human lifetime is just long enough to fully experience the contest and ultimately resounding and permanent crushing of a child’s sunny disposition and high hopes. Our assignment is to change that.

 

 

 

how to live

to not be sorry

and not to worry

 

 

 

we naturally imagine

life like a day

born to fresh dawn

tiring at dusk

waking again

after a night’s rest

childishly seeking confirmation

 

 

 

life is a teacher

insisting all lessons be paid

 

 

 

ultimately we cannot

think feel believe talk or act

our way out of this life or its end

 

 

 

We cannot imagine not being.

 

 

 

all that is gained

all that is paid or lost

is life a zero sum game or worse

 

 

 

moving forward without completion

is in the nature of being alive

 

 

 

back when i was

i was unaware

had better things to do

now that i’m not

if i could feel

i’d feel an endless rue

 

 

 

we all are time races in the end

ash sludge bleached bones

then environment

 

 

 

who or what causes you

to dissipate your life

inquire and cancel your permission

 

 

 

am i whole

what am i missing

we must answer unpleasant questions

 

 

 

wake up

days are not waiting

embrace each one lovingly

reminders spurned

by the aloof

 

 

 

ravenous people

like paging ahead

forgetting

turned leafs will be gone

 

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© 2013-2017 BY MARTIN JANELLO

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