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The paradox of our time is that life is not measured by the number of breaths

Now that we’re closed, I think about a lot of things. I do not know if you will read the whole thing. It’s worth having this patience.

The paradox of our time is that we have tall buildings, but low tolerance, wide highways, but narrow views. We spend more, but we have less, we buy more, but we enjoy less. We have bigger houses and smaller families, more amenities, but less time. We have more education but less intelligence, more knowledge, but worse judgment, we have more experts, but more problems, more medicine, but less health.

We drink too much, we smoke too much, we spend too much irresponsibly, we laugh too little, we drive too fast, we get too easy, we go to bed too late, we wake up too tired, we read too little, we watch too much television and we pray too rarely. We have increased our holdings, but we have diminished our values. We talk too much, love too rarely and hate too often.

We know how to survive, but we don’t know how to live. We have added years to human life, but we have not added life to years. We went to the moon and returned, but it was difficult for us to cross the street and meet our new neighbor. We have conquered the cosmic latitudes, but not the spiritual latitudes. We do bigger things. But not better things.

We purified the air but polluted the soul. We subjugated the atom, but not our prejudices. We write more, but we learn less. We plan more, but we achieve less. We learned to hurry, but not to wait. We make new computers that store more information and make more copies than ever, but we communicate less and less.

This is a time of fast food and indigestion, big men and small souls, easy profits and difficult relationships. A time of greater family income and more divorces, more beautiful houses and broken homes. The time of short journeys, disposable diapers and one-off morale, the overnight and overweight relationships and the pills that do everything – excite us, calm us, kill us. A time when there is a lot of storefront but little in the warehouse. A time when technology allows this letter to get to you, but it also allows you to share it or just hit delete.

Remember, take more time with those you love because they are not you forever. Remember, say the good word to the one who looks down at you with admiration, because that little creature will soon grow up and be no longer with you. Remember and warmly embrace the person beside you, because this is the only treasure you can give from your heart and it does not cost a penny.

Remember and say “I love you” to your loved ones, but most of all, really think it. A kiss and a hug can repair any evil when they come from the heart. Remember and hold hands and cherish the moments when you are together because one day, that person will not be there for you. Take the time to love each other, find time to talk, and make time to share everything you have to say.

Because life is not measured by the number of breaths, but by the moments that stop our breath.

In this photo I am with my grandchildren who also live in Spain but now we cannot see each other.

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      • I am trying to find positive and love in every little corner of my life.

        I have to share this with you because I thought it was quite funny. My husband suggested that when travel is possible again I should go and have you teach me how to make some of those fantastic things you bake and cook. He reminded me that mine don’t taste too bad, and they never look as good as yours. It was good and we laughed together.

  1. we can never replace the things we lose.

    I am really touched by your piece. You cover the reality of our modern world. I think the one thing that I would add slightly differently is that people can now communicate with those they have in their lives a lot more than we could 25 or 30 years ago.

    Yes we do have more and that isn’t always better.

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  2. Isn’t that all too true. I don’t like some of this modern selfish living but it is our human world.

    People not things and profits mean far more than “Image, Things and what is inside our wallets!”
    Yet, sometimes in so called “Christian Churches” those” things” count much more than the Lord who they say they serve…

    Often the nice “Things” are got by man making others jobless and bankrupt. By theft and dishonesty evil men gain their “Things” and forget the life that counts.

    You are a wise soul, when man would rather travel to the Moon than meet their next door neighbour. I find people are rich in themselves and friendship is worth far more than “image” and “things”

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  3. I don’t spend much time on the computer. I prefer walking, reading a book. To cook at home, I do not buy ready-made food. I’m glad this is your way of looking at things. You may be expressing philosophical words to make people misunderstand you.

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