Monthly Archives: June 2011

On Standing Up

A close friend recently shared an enlightening story about her mother — a woman who raised a family of three all on her own during the sixties. In the last few months of her mother’s life, my friend would go and visit her at the hospital on a daily basis to honor one important request by her mother. It was so that her bedridden mother could stand on her own — if only for a minute. She recalled how everyday she would lift up her frail mother, and just hold her up with both arms while with each visit her mother successively couldn’t stand on her own.

My friend explained what she thought, a few decades later, about what was meant by her mother’s inexplicable desire to stand up everyday. She elegantly interpreted it with the following, “Standing up means being present for the experience of life. It means you need to go through it, not around it, nor just waiting for it to end while lying down in bed. She wanted to stand up, and take it, and own it.” The idea that the action of standing up — an action we often take for granted — can mean *so* much more has profoundly changed my perspective. Definitely for both my altitude and attitude. -JM

The True Joy in Life

A favorite, inspiring quote by George Bernard Shaw via Matt Goldman of

This is the true joy in life, being used for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one. Being a force of nature instead of a feverish, selfish little clod of ailments and grievances complaining that the world will not devote itself to making you happy. I am of the opinion that my life belongs to the whole community and as I live it is my privilege – my privilege to do for it whatever I can. I want to be thoroughly used up when I die, for the harder I work the more I love. I rejoice in life for its own sake. Life is no brief candle to me; it is a sort of splendid torch which I’ve got a hold of for the moment and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before handing it on to future generations.

-George Bernard Shaw