Each of us is given a finite amount of time on this planet of ours. We are dressed in flesh and bones – with a soul under its disguise. We begin this journey with a clean slate – strange voices tell us to walk, talk and to eat. As we age those same voices tell us to sit down, shut up and stop stuffing your face with food.

We are sent to schools to learn about the history of God and mankind. We learn that God and Man were not always so kind.

We are told to think and to learn – but when we think for ourselves we are told to think based on rules that must be followed. When we want to express what we have learned we are told to stop acting out.

We learn from the ancient greats – Abraham, Moses, Aristotle, Plato, Shakespeare, Columbus and Maimonides – not exactly in that order and definetly not exclusive to those people. They teach us to think for ourselves, to be stubborn and to look up towards the stars and to dream big.

As Charlie Chaplin said, “You’ll never find a rainbow if you’re looking down” So look up and walk proud.

To question everything, Maimonides; “Do not consider it proof just because it is written in books, for a liar who will deceive with his tongue will not hesitate to do the same with his pen.” 

To always try and see the truth within another person, “One may smile, and smile, and be a villain.” That’s Will Shakespeare.

To have courage to live life on your own terms using your own moral compass. To take chances and to make a difference in the world. “You will never do anything in this world without courage. It is the greatest quality of the mind next to honor.” Aristotle

But people are unhappy and unsettled in this world. As my personal Bard Mr. Zimmerman says, “While one who sings with his tongue on fire, Gargles in the rat race choir, Bent out of shape from society’s pliers, Cares not to come up any higher, But rather get you down in the hole That he’s in.”

So as the time passes and as long as I live and breathe  – I will always be learning and living according to the compass that I hold in my heart and my soul.

I am the Captain of my ship – I choose my destinations, I choose when to head out to sea and when to return to port. If you lose control of your ship – well, I quote Captain Kirk here, “Spock, my top priority right now is to regain control of the ship.”

Don’t waste your time on this planet fighting other peoples fights, other peoples wars – live your life fighting your own fights, your own wars – and most of all love. As Oscar Wilde said, “Keep love in your heart. A life without it is like a sunless garden when the flowers are dead.”

I think I am writing this to myself more than to anyone specifically but I think if anyone is reading this and its a very good chance I am speaking to myself – my advise is to live not just to float through existence. Make a difference in this world and do not wait for happiness to come knocking on the door because its rarely that easy.

Do not give up even when it seems all is lost. As Dylan Thomas wrote (and Rodney Dangerfield eloquently recited)  “Do not go gentle into that good night. Rage, rage against the dying of the light.”

For once that night is over there is only one Judge, “In the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years.” Abraham Lincoln.

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