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Friday, June 8, 2012

Susan Ertz

"Millions of persons long for immortality who do not know what to do with themselves on a rainy afternoon."

British Novelist
1894 - 1985

Do you ever find yourself bored?  I did when I was young, but rarely am I bored today.  Even when I am in a boring meeting, I find something to keep me entertained even if it is only my own thoughts.  If you are bored, the problem is not where you live and work.  You are the problem.  You are not happy with yourself.  You are bored with who you perceive yourself to be.  Learn to love yourself.  Happiness is an inside job.

Most of us want to live longer because we don't want to die.  We don't know what happens after death and that makes us afraid.  Even people who have a strong religious faith don't know for sure what will happen.  If we knew what happened after death, we would either fear it more or take our lives so that we can get there sooner.  Fortunately, we don't know and we must live with the uncertainty.

For those of us who create works of art, whether it is poetry, novels, paintings or music, we have a shot at immortality.  Maybe our works will last beyond us.  You have probably read that Ray Bradbury died at 91.  In an article in the USA Today (June 7, 2012), David Cohen quotes Terry Pace, a collaborator with Bradbury, as saying: "He (Bradbury) knew that through his works he'd somehow live forever."

In the words of another mythical figure:  "Live long and prosper."