An Examined Life

“An unexamined life is not worth living.” — Socrates

I think that is why I like a good film…if the characters are well done, we are more or less pushed into looking at our own lives while interacting with the movie.

Take the movie Elizabethtown, which I watched over the Thanksgiving holiday. In following the lives of the main characters, I get to take a look at my own life and where I am at. We are all somewhere between life and death…on a ride or a path. Everyday we make choices about what to take in and what to leave out.

I wrote a poem years ago and in it was the line….”the mindless maintenance of our days.”

This was during a time in my life when I was an apartment house manager in East Lansing, Michigan. I was also an off and on student at Michigan State. The routine of my life was so much the same everyday that doing a load of laundry was an event. So much for that.

Then later came the saying, “If you aim for nothing, you will hit it!.”

And Charles Bukowski wrote a book of poems entitled, “The Days Run Away Like Wild Horses Over The Hills”.

No matter how you say it, life is fleeting.

The Bible tells us that our days are numbered as are the hairs on our heads. That our time on the earth is but a second compared to all of time…a fleeting moment.

We can all attest to the fact that time seems to evaporate around us as we get older.

Brian Tracy did a series of motivational tapes entitled, “How To Master Your Time.” I might need to listen to them again if I want to make use of what time I have been given. Am I making a difference or just “biding my time”.

Only time will tell..oh well…ring the bell. I am ready for the next class.

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