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The Meaning of Life

Wednesday, January 04, 2006

I have been thinking deeply lately. This happens when changes are taking place. I really do not feel like elaborating that much, I am deep in my thoughts and don't have the energy to put them into words somehow. I know that I had terrible nightmares last night and haven't for a very long time. I know that I want to be grateful every day. I got this idea from Oprah, of all people, who writes in a journal every day; 5 things each and every day, different things, that she is grateful for. She said it changed her life and her outlook, waking each morning knowing that her exercise was to find five things for that day. Positive outlook, don't you think. I may post mine every day, I don't know. I also know that I am impacted deeply by a book I am reading: "Tuesdays with Morrie" by Mitch Alboom. I'll certainly be writing more about this. In the meantime, you must read it. Absolutely must. If you can't get a copy, I will mail mine to you. First quote that I tagged:

"The culture we have does not make people feel good about themselves. And you have to be strong enough to say if the culture doesn't work, don't buy it." p.42

Buy this book.

  1. Blogger Neo said:

    Cathy -Hmmmm, guess you weren't kidding about being in the same head space. ;)

  1. Blogger Cathy said:

    Weird, I know!
    Do you think there was some kind of magic dust in the atmosphere last night?

  1. Blogger Laura:) said:

    Hey, I was gonna be mad at you for saying Canada was the best part of North America and than I thought about it and you were right.

  1. Blogger angel, jr. said:

    I've heard a lot about that book. And yes, it is on my to-read list. Right now I've gotta tackle a few other books I got for Christmas and one that my cousin just recently wrote and is in the process of publishing.

  1. Blogger erikku said:

    Very insightful quote. I may have to look into this.

  1. Blogger SkyeBlue2U said:

    Good idea, I need some reading material for my trip, I'll go buy the library today, thanks.

  1. Blogger Neo said:

    Cathy -Um, magic dust? I was thinking more of insomnia. ;)

  1. Blogger Tee said:

    Those are somewhat difficult but rewarding times - those pondering times. I can understand not being able/or not wanting to put words to thoughts - it's too complicated at times and you kind of need to stay in that space and come to your conclusions - sort it out.

    I haven't read that book yet but I read the other one "The 5 People you meet in Heaven" (?)... It was alright, but I saw the movie a couple years later and liked that better.

  1. Blogger Dirk the Feeble said:

    "Tuesdays With Morrie" is quite good. Oprah, on the other hand, is Satan's minion.

  1. Blogger Devil Mood said:

    I heard of that book: it was published by a magazine here in Portugal, amongst others like The Road less travelled - scott peck - a really good book. I'll try to find it.
    Oprah is so wise. I'd be grateful too, if I had her lifestyle. No, I'm kidding, I'm sure I have a lot to be thankful for. :)
    Hey, don't think too much.

  1. Blogger vani said:

    yes, i read it and its great! just finished "the 5 people you meet in heaven" by mitch albom- which is kinda the sequel. its great also....

  1. Blogger Michelle said:

    It's on my must read list. I have read the 5 people you meet in heaven and loved it. The quote is just so relevant.

  1. Blogger Tai said:

    Thanks for that!
    I like the idea of the gratitude journal, may just take that up!

    Thanks for sharing!

  1. Blogger No_Newz said:

    Tuesdays With Morrie was a great concept. The relationship was amazing and I read it at a time in my life when a friend of mine was dying of ALS. It was close to the heart reading but honestly, I wasn't really fond of his writing. I know, I'm a critical bitch. LOL! Maybe I need to watch Oprah and learn about being a nicer person.
    Lois Lane
    P.S. send me an e-mail so I can have your e-mail addy. I copied the picture of you and the boys reading. I tweaked it a little and wanted to send it back to you.

  1. Blogger Chloe said:

    i liked that quote a lot. when i was younger i struggled not to buy that culture. now it comes naturally. i won't buy it because it's bad for me (and the price is too high).
    I'm going to look for that book in Amazon. I don't think i can find it here but it sounds very interesting.
    I hope you are feeling better and sleeping better too. Bad dreams=stress you don't want to express. xx

  1. Blogger SkyeBlue2U said:

    Ok, after searching the libary and a couple of bookstores I now have "Tuesday with Morrie". yeah!

  1. Blogger Cathy said:

    Thanks for stopping by. Oh Canada!!

    OH, you absolutely must, the sooner the better. It is actually very short and can be read in a couple of evenings. Very light but the message is so deep.

    Yes, please do!

    I hope you enjoy it. I think you will.

    The difference is I was sleeping and thinking and you were awake and thinking. I hate thinking in my sleep.

    Yes, that's the space I'm in right now, but I am sorting it out. The sooner the better so I don't have nightmares again. I haven't read the other book by him but want to. I didn't know it had been made into a movie!

    Now what did Oprah do to you to deserve that??

    Devil Mood;
    "Don't think too much" made me laugh. My husband says this to me. I can't help it. If you can't find the book, let me know. I will send you one. I mean it. It's that good.

    I will be getting it asap.

    Don't wait! Get it, you'll not regret it.

    Welcome and I hope you do and find it useful.

    I am intrigued!
    The writing style may not be that great, but the message is wonderful. I am at a place where I simply needed to read something like this. So simple, so real, so pure and I am so ready to try and apply some of these lessons.

    Please let me know if you did not find it, because I would love to send it to you. I think you would love it.

    SkyeBlue again;
    I am so glad! Yeah! Now I am on the line if you don't like it (but I know you will)

  1. Blogger sjobs said:

    I loved that book. It was something that I read years ago.

    As far as Oprah, catch me on another day.


  1. Blogger NL-ExPatriate said:

    I once asked my 7 year old daughter after watching Monty Pytons Meaning of Life " What she thought the meaning of life was?" She paused for a minute and responded PEOPLE.

    Yep my 7 year old solved the question of what is the meaning of life in my mind being a person.

    Now if you asked a dog the same question he would repond Dogs.

    Don't get mad take a picture. You will be able to use it as black mail at your kids wedding.

    Never say NO. Ask them to justify why you should say yes. The very worse you should say is maybe until they make a better arguement.

    Just some of my parenting skills.

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