Wednesday, February 13, 2013


In the end, it's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years.

(Abraham Lincoln)


Hello Marty


Even behind the masks of the slow, lazy and ignorant, the human being is a miracle of creation. Look behind the masks and start appreciating and loving yourself, and don't quit.

There are as many reasons to give up on life as there are people who do it. But there is one overriding reason to fill out your time with living, and that is because life is God. Giving up is an enemy to life.

The answer to my prayers, no matter what it concerns, is always the same, the one word "relinquish." I am led by life to relinquish, to give up on the bad,,harmful, evil and ugly things, to not cherish them nor let them occupy any part of my life. Everything that needs to be relinquished is thought. It is, after all, ideas that create, shape and run our lives.

We may hope to see our happiness and salvation come from the spin of a wheel, a lottery ticket, a government program or the right person to live with. But in the clear cold day of a winter sunshine we will face the fact that it is our own thinking that will bring any palpable result into being, good or bad.

So, what to do, what to do? First you have to clean out the mess. That means you have to learn to tell the difference between the truth and the trash. Some of those ideas you've been holding on to may be worthless, or even worse, harmful to you. Examine them and see what's worth saving. The rest? Introduce it to a big mental garbage bag.

Once the place is clean you have to begin to judge the visitors. Should they be admired and accepted or should they be shown the door? The thoughts from the past and the present may be negative ones. They will pop up looking for space in your head. And when you identify a guest you don't want to entertain give it the finger, or the fist, or just simply say "scram." The negatives are not yours, they're anti-you.

What needs to be relinquished? Everything that suggests you are not the best, most beautiful, smartest and most lovable creature that you are. Never give up on your special self.


Dana Bate

Vagabond Journeys

Never Give up



Geo. said...

Well said, DB. Never have I felt so keenly as now the need to follow the directives you've set out. Possibly an age thing. Lots of backlog interference.

Jon said...

Very apt and encouraging words....