Something to Ponder—Dr. Bob Morehead

Something to Ponder—Dr. Bob Morehead

 (click on this song and listen to it as you read the words below)

 "The paradox of our time in history is that we have taller buildings but shorter tempers, wider freeways, but narrower viewpoints. We spend more, but have less, we buy more, but enjoy less. We have bigger houses and smaller families, more conveniences, but less time. We have more degrees but less sense, more knowledge, but less judgment, more experts, yet more problems, more medicine, but less wellness.

We drink too much, smoke too much, spend too recklessly, laugh too little, drive too fast, get too angry, stay up too late, get up too tired, read too little, watch TV too much, and pray too seldom.

We have multiplied our possessions, but reduced our values. We talk too much, love too seldom, and hate too often.

We've learned how to make a living, but not a life. We've added years to life not life to years. We've been all the way to the moon and back, but have trouble crossing the street to meet a new neighbor. We conquered outer space but not inner space. We've done larger things, but not better things.

We've cleaned up the air, but polluted the soul. We've conquered the atom, but not our prejudice. We write more, but learn less. We plan more, but accomplish less. We've learned to rush, but not to wait. We build more computers to hold more information, to produce more copies than ever, but we communicate less and less.

These are the times of fast foods and slow digestion, big men and small character, steep profits and shallow relationships. These are the days of two incomes but more divorce, fancier houses, but broken homes. These are days of quick trips, disposable diapers, throwaway morality, one night stands, overweight bodies, and pills that do everything from cheer, to quiet, to kill. It is a time when there is much in the showroom window and nothing in the stockroom. A time when technology can bring this letter to you, and a time when you can choose either to share this insight, or to just hit delete.

Remember to spend some time with your loved ones, because they are not going to be around forever.

 Remember, say a kind word to someone who looks up to you in awe, because that little person soon will grow up and leave your side.

Remember, to give a warm hug to the one next to you, because that is the only treasure you can give with your heart and it doesn't cost a cent.

Remember, to say, 'I love you' to your partner and your loved ones, but most of all mean it. A kiss and an embrace will mend hurt when it comes from deep inside of you.

Remember to hold hands and cherish the moment for someday that person will not be there again.

Give time to love, give time to speak! And give time to share the precious thoughts in your mind.

And always remember, life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by those moments that take our breath away."


  1. Thanking for sharing these brilliant words from George Carlin that are so inspiring.

  2. Thanks for this. I laughed with him for many years. Love the quote from May Sarton, too.

    Best wishes from Anne

  3. I am so happy to share Carlin's genius. (and Sarton too!)...its all so beautiful. Love to all my gardener buddies out there.

  4. Thanks for sharing~
    I have been enjoying your facebook posts for months and have now
    subscribed to your blog. I wasn't getting alot of your feeds (on facebook) anymore. I find that it is happening with alot of my feeds....very disgusted with Facebook!

  5. So Excellent! Thank you for the reminder.

  6. It strikes a chord doesn't it? I love hearing from everyone. Thanks so much.

  7. Carlin was a wise man. I see these small wisdom qoutes that people post on facebook and skip over them but to George I've always listened. I've seen him doing some great speeches. I don't agree with everything he says but he seems like such a deep and reflective person. I think he very much 'lived in the moment' as people say. Peace

  8. I was wrong! Dr. Bob Morehead wrote this essay in 1995 - not George Carlin! I am so sorry for that mis-attribution.

    I still think Carlin is a genius cultural commentator....

  9. Hey, it does sound like something George would have said and believed. Thanks for the correction. No matter who said it, very profound and worth acting upon.

  10. Thanks Lorraine - I felt terrible about that. You make me feel a little better.


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