|Guardian Angels for the New Year|
Advice for the New Year
from Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803 - 1882)
American poet, essayist, lecturer, philosopher,
abolitionist and transcendentalist:
Stick to thy foolish task,
add a line every hour,
and between whiles add a line."
from Mário de Andrade (1893 – 1945)
Brazilian poet, novelist, musicologist,
art historian and critic, and photographer:
I counted my years and realized that I have less time to live ahead of me, than I have lived so far.
I feel like the children who won a pack of candies: at first, they ate them with pleasure, but when they realized that there was little left, they began to taste them even more intensely.
I have no time for endless meetings where the statutes, rules, procedures and internal regulations are discussed, knowing that nothing will be done.
I no longer have the patience to endure absurd people who, despite their chronological age, have not grown up.
My time is too short: I want the essence; my spirit is in a hurry. I do not have much candy in the package anymore.
I want to live next to humane, realistic people who know how to laugh at their mistakes, who are not inflated by their own triumphs, and who take responsibility for their actions. In this way, human dignity is defended and we live in truth and honesty, the essentials that make life worth living.
I want to surround myself with people who know how to touch hearts, people who have learned the gentle touch of the soul.
Yes, I'm in a hurry. I'm rushing to live with the intensity that only maturity can give.
I do not intend to waste any of the remaining sweets. I am sure they will be delicious, much more than those eaten so far.
My goal is to reach the end satisfied and at peace with my loved ones and my conscience.
We have two lives; the second begins when you realize you only have one.
by Brian Andreas (b 1956)
American writer, artist, publisher and speaker