Sunday Thought For The Day

by Lance Ekum on · 67 comments

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“I would rather be ashes than dust! I would rather that my spark would burn out in a brilliant blaze than it should be stifled by dry rot. I would rather be a superb meteor, every atom of me in magnificent glow, than a sleepy and permanent planet. The proper function of man is to live, not to exist. I shall not waste my days in trying to prolong them. I shall use my time.” ~ Jack London

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Evelyn Lim March 22, 2009 at 3:57 am

The image goes well with the saying, which is definitely electrifying!! Life becomes more of a joy when we come alive. Let’s spend our time meaningfully and fully!

Evelyn Lim´s last blog post..Cultivate Positive Money Beliefs By Busting 10 Myths


Celes | EmbraceLiving.Net March 22, 2009 at 4:41 am

Hey Lance! What an energizing Sunday ponder! This brings to mind two of my favorite quotes:

“Every man dies. Not every man truly lives.” Braveheart
“Death isn’t sad. The sad thing is: most people don’t live at all. “ – Socrates in Peaceful Warrior

All of us should strive to be our best and live in our magnificent glories 🙂 We are worth nothing less than that!

Celes | EmbraceLiving.Net´s last blog post..Does Your Room Inspire You?


Barbara Swafford March 22, 2009 at 4:53 am

Hi Lance – First, I love the photo that accompanies this post. It’s so vibrant and full of life.

I love the part of the quote that says “The proper function of man is to live, not to exist. I shall not waste my days in trying to prolong them. I shall use my time.” It reminds me how even when I have so much on my plate I wonder how I’ll be able to do it all, I realize I’ve chose to live and not let life pass me by. I don’t want to be on my death bed saying, “woulda, shoulda, coulda”.

Thank you Lance for sharing another beautiful quote and photo. You certainly have a knack for matching the two.

Barbara Swafford´s last blog post..The Snowball Effect of the Social Web


Scott March 22, 2009 at 5:08 am

Hey Lance,

I’m going along with Barbara. I really like the same part of the quote as she. It sparked another quote that has changed, or working on changing, my direction. “I want to be a human doer rather than just a human being.”

Scott´s last blog post..Bringing Back the Memories/Nightmares


Rupal March 22, 2009 at 5:15 am

“…every atom of me in magnificient glow…” That’s something I’ll keep with me to help fire up my motivation and keep me inspired!

Thanks Lance!

Rupal´s last blog post..Happy Spring!!


Miz March 22, 2009 at 5:43 am

best way to start my sunday.
Im nurturing my spark today….


Natalia Burleson March 22, 2009 at 6:16 am

Love it Lance! Life is short and to merely exist is such a waste of a wonderful gift!

Thanks for this thought provoking….uh, thought! LOL 🙂

Have a great day Lance!

Natalia Burleson´s last blog post..Dietless


suddenly slimmer March 22, 2009 at 6:40 am

I’m loving your last 2 weeks thoughts. They are such a reminder to use our time wisely and become a doer instead of keep on hoping without any effort. And in the end we are just regretting it.

suddenly slimmer´s last blog post..Piggin’ Out


Lance March 22, 2009 at 6:54 am

@Evelyn – Hi Evelyn! I love the photo and the idea of a “brilliant blaze”! Being fully alive, and in meaningful ways – what a wonderful way to live our lives!

@Celes – Hi Celes! Thanks for sharing a couple of your favorite quotes – these fit so well with this one – and are great reminders to us all to really “live” our lives! Indeed we are all worth nothing less!

@Barbara – Hi Barbara! I think that photo really shows the spark of life that we all have within us – we just need to let it out! Live life now – that’s what we really have – and I love the thought of not wanting to be saying “woulda, coulda, shoulda”.

@Scott – Hi Scott! A human doer – I like it!! It really says that we are “doing”. While there is definitely something to be said for “being” as well – which to me look internally to what matters deeply to us – life is also very much about after “being”, to get to that point of “doing”. It’s in doing that we our true colors go to work – and that’s a beautiful thing! Thanks for that Scott!

@Rupal – Being a magnificent glow – that is motivational! It really shouts to living, in the true sense of really living.

@Miz – Nurture away! I think you do pretty well at this already anyway!!

@Natalia – Hi Natalia! We ARE wonderful gifts – each of us, in our own and unique ways – great thought to this! And..I’m laughing…at the “thought”!! You too, have a fantastic Sunday!

@Suddenly Slimmer – Glad you’re enjoying these Alia! “Doer” – the second time that’s been mentioned – I think that shows the importance of us getting out there and really doing some of those things that matter deeply to us. NOW is the time!


Jay March 22, 2009 at 7:08 am

Good stuff today Lance. My favorite part is we are here to live not exist. This is very true and we know this at the core but we sometimes forget. We are here on purpose- we are not a mistake- let’s live!!

Jay´s last blog post..The Sunday Ponder


Laurie March 22, 2009 at 7:20 am

I was talking to my Mother-in-law the other day about some of the things I am planning on doing, things like sky diving, living in a log cabin on the lake, getting an ultra-lite etc. She went down the list of all the dangers I would encounter. I told her I would rather die younger with a smile than live old in a bubble. I can’t remember who it was that said something like, When I’m dead in my coffin, I want people to notice how worn out my body is and say, “Man he really lived life”.

Why be here and not experience all the wonders of living? Why rob God of the pleasure of having him see us enjoy his creation?


Tom Volkar / Delightful Work March 22, 2009 at 7:26 am

Powerful call to action Lance! This is it folks or it could be. Things on the other side could be so good that challenge is no longer present. Let’s kick some ass and ruffle some feathers while we can.

Tom Volkar / Delightful Work´s last blog post..Starting Over


Jenny Mannion March 22, 2009 at 7:51 am

Hi Lance,
Totally agree with and LOVE this quote (and the picture accompanying it). It is so important for us to live fully and not just “go through the motions”. We all have those inner sparks… by tuning into them we can truly let them ignite and set soar and have the ride of our life. 🙂
Thanks Lance! Got a busy week coming and this was a good message to hear t he beginning of it.

Jenny Mannion´s last blog post..Interview with Enrique Villanueva


Stacey Shipman March 22, 2009 at 8:26 am

I love it! Maybe this is why I always love watching fireworks…they are brilliant, colorful, magnificent…just like each of us can be, if we allow it.

I don’t want to be known as tired…People often tell me they don’t know how I do so much, I “tire them out” with my goals, dreams and activities. Yes, I enjoy downtime, but life is for living, so take advantage!! Great way to start the week. light that fire!

Stacey Shipman´s last blog post..The Importance of Practice


LifeMadeGreat | Juliet March 22, 2009 at 8:52 am

Hi Lance

Using one’s time wisely is so important. I’ve been thinking about just that lately.
And worrying about getting old is also fruitless.


LifeMadeGreat | Juliet´s last blog post..What Do You Think Of This Quote?


Angel March 22, 2009 at 8:57 am

Allow me to shed some light on a different perspective. I’d bet that there are some people who wouldn’t mind being a “permanent planet”.

In my business, fitness, I notice that most people want to play it safe. They thrive in comfort. They are afraid to try a new exercise or food plan because they ‘might’ fail. Thus, they are more comfortable doing what they know. These are the same people who stay in jobs (or relationships) where they are unhappy because they are afraid of the unknown.

Of course, you nor the readers of your blog are like that but I think we are in the minority. Too many people are afraid to be the “superb meteor” because they are secretly afraid that they CAN’T BE.

Thanks for another thought provoking Sunday! you’re the best, Lance. Now, go do some pushups or something.

Angel´s last blog post..Can a female boxer fight her way out of the reservation?


Diane C. March 22, 2009 at 9:05 am

The dynamic image sure goes with the message. My initial reaction was, we can’t always be on fire or we’ll burn out. But maybe “brilliant blaze” doesn’t have to look like a flurry of activity, maybe it can be the degree to which we pay attention to what’s happening and what we’re doing.

Diane C.´s last blog post..Art at Tohono Chul


Evita March 22, 2009 at 9:30 am

Awesome Quote and Picture Lance!

This speaks to me of living life with passion not practicality. Now having said that I am a very practical person, it is not “that” kind of practicality that I refer to. But the practicality of just blending in and living a robotic, unconscious life, just for the sake of existing.

Passion to me is key in any and every area and if we have that I believe life really takes on a whole new magnitude!

Evita´s last blog post..What Role Does the “News” Serve In Your Life?


Tess The Bold Life March 22, 2009 at 9:30 am

Every moment of every minute I will live my life enjoying it to the fullest. Enough said!

Tess The Bold Life´s last blog post..Are You Bold Enough To Forgive Yourself & Others?


Daphne March 22, 2009 at 9:34 am

Lance, your post makes me think of a quote by I-forget-who: it’s not the years in your life but the life in your years. For some reason I also think of Princess Diana and the song dedicated to her about being a ‘candle in the wind’. Whether we shine gently or blaze brightly, we should burn this life up! You chose a perfect photo to go with the quote as usual.

Daphne´s last blog post..How To Find Happiness Every Day


Vikum March 22, 2009 at 10:04 am

Wo..w Lance, Needless to say how brilliant that idea is.He is one of writers I adore most and through his life he gave us examples of what you’ve said here.That saying gives the kick that we want to start our day.
Hope to read more great things on Sundays. 🙂


Miguel de Luis March 22, 2009 at 11:48 am

The classic Achilles’ choice: be a hero and die young or a farmer who lives for long and then nobody remembers. Hey, why can’t I get both? 🙂

Miguel de Luis´s last blog post..Mother’s day special – Stories to read with your children


Audra Krell March 22, 2009 at 12:42 pm

I recently had an experience that has made me regretful…We have a nice Community college about 15 minutes away. For years they have offered at least 100 classes in continuing education, every semester. I love getting the course book in the mail, poring over all the delicious classes I’m going to take someday. From learning blues piano to digital photography to learning to write HTML to planning for my retirement, I was gonna do it all. I was waiting for the kids to get a little older, for me to get a little less tired, Church commitments to lighten up, etc.
Due to the economy, this is the last sememster the courses will be offered. I was shocked and dismayed. Great lesson for me though, I better live like I am dying. Not continue to exist like I’ve got my whole life ahead of me. It’s here now, patiently waiting for me to grab it by the horns-

Audra Krell´s last blog post..Daisy Chain Review and Interview


Lance March 22, 2009 at 1:31 pm

@Jay – Thanks Jay! Yes, we can forget sometimes that life is to be lived. Everyone of us has a purpose!

@Laurie – Sure, there are inherent dangers in some of these activites you’ve mentioned. The truth is, though, that there is potential danger in every situation. Some things could be considered reckless, and possibly even life-threatening. Yet, what you’re talking about is pretty mainstream – and as safe as many activities out there. I’ve been skydiving – and will attest to it being an activity that really can be empowering – letting go of fears. Go out and LIVE, Laurie! You are meant to!

@Tom – Hi Tom! I love your attitude – BOLD!! This is it – we don’t know what else there is, and this is OUR time!!

@Jenny Mannion – Hi Jenny! Yes, to live fully, and to live fully NOW. Who knows what tomorrow will bring. You’re right – we all have those internal sparks. Finding them, that’s the key – and then acting upon them. Know that I’m wishing you well in this week upcoming – continue to be that spark!!

@Stacey Shipman – Hi Stacey! That’s a great thought – thinking of us being like fireworks, just waiting to explode with all the brilliant colors and sparks we have inside of us! Waiting until we look to see what those are, and then giving them permission to come out… We’re all filled with life, although we don’t all let that life out. Keep “tiring them out” Stacey! You’re LIVING your life…and my guess is that the sparks your giving off light someone else’s fire every once in a while!! This week coming up…I’m all for lighting that fire, too!!

@Juliet – Hi Juliet! We have now, let focus on that, right! We all have the same 24 hours in our day – how are we going to use them? And for what? Good stuff to think about…

@Angel – Hi Angel! Ahh, the comfort zone. How comfortable it is! I’ll admit that I can fall prey to it’s pull sometimes. And maybe sometimes it’s okay. The thing is when it becomes too comfortable for too long. As scary as that unknown can be – it’s also the place where true joy can be found. Angel, I’m reading what you’ve written today, and seeing an uncanny resemblance to a speech I’m doing this week – weird!! It’s way too close to exactly what I’ll be talking on! Are you reading my mind??? And right back atcha – you rock! Now…pushups…hmmm….okay! You caught not having exercised today (you’re way good today!!).

@Diane – Hi Diane. I thinking that we burn out when our time is done here on earth – instead of becoming a pile of dust – we’re ashes because we’ve been that spark that hasn’t gone out. And I think you’re absolutely right – “brilliant blaze” can be a calm candle burning also – it doesn’t have to be big and bold – as long as it’s YOU listening to your heart… Thanks Diane!

@Evita – Thanks so much! How often do people (or, myself for that matter) fall prey to being practical over passionate? And what does that end up getting them (me)? Live passionately – what better way to live than that! And your point about different type of practicality – great point. When practical is so that we blend in, and are not fully conscious of our choices – then we’ve really got some work to do in turning that into passion. Evita, thank you for these thoughts today – you are saying this so well!

@Tess – Hi Tess. Enough said indeed – continue to follow that motto – and your life will continue to be blessed!

@Daphne – Hi Daphne! Yes, I’ve heard that quote before also, and am not recalling the author of it. It speaks to this same idea – really living in the moment. The Princess Diana example – that fits this so well! And I really like that song – now even more as I’ll think of the candle in a bit of a different way – thank you Daphne! Gentle or blazing does not matter – that we’re shining that is the key. Daphne, this was a great comment, filled with so much to think about!!

@Vikum – Hi Vikum. Jack London wrote some great book, and I hadn’t realized he had some quotes to his name until just recently. Glad to help kick start your day!

@Miguel – Ha! I think this fits along with what Evita was talking about. Being practical yet passionate. We don’t have to be a superhero to have been the “burning spark”. We can burn brightly and be behind the scenes, doing great things. I think you can get both…

@Audra – Hi Audra. This is a great example you’ve shared of just what this can mean – about being that spark. And about trying new things. How often have I did that also – said I’ll do that someday. And someday never comes. Don’t be too hard on yourself – I happen to think you do a great job of “living”! This is one thing that didn’t work out – and the thing is – you learn from it and you move on. Audra, I really appreciate you sharing this story – thank you!


Stas March 22, 2009 at 3:27 pm

…The proper function of man is to live, not to exist…- Thank You very much! You made my life today better! It’s nice!

Stas´s last blog post..The Abstinence Teacher by Tom Perrota


suzen March 22, 2009 at 4:18 pm

As usual, you have me all fired up! Great quote and picture!

suzen´s last blog post..The Equinox Resolution – Do Over’s and New Beginnings


meleah rebeccah March 22, 2009 at 4:19 pm

this was PERFECT for me to read today.

meleah rebeccah´s last blog post..Status Updates


Matthew Dryden March 22, 2009 at 5:30 pm

Hey Lance, I think this might be the first time I’ve been over your way. I was just thinking about this concept the other day in correlation with the line by Bruce Springsteen: “It’s better to burn out than to face away.”

It’s interesting for me to think about this kind of stuff – as I’m so young and haven’t made a break yet. I think I’m the kind of person that couldn’t just burn out – I’d try with everything I have to keep going until the very end, no matter how painful it is.

Matthew Dryden´s last blog post..My Friend Needs Your Help


LisaNewton March 22, 2009 at 6:30 pm

I totally agree with several of the other commentors about this line of the quote:”The proper function of man is to live, not to exist.”

Due to several factors, I “existed” for many years, but no more. It’s now or never. As my word for 2009 reminds me, it’s time to get outside, be outside, and live outside.

Thanks Lance for the great thoughts…………….:)

LisaNewton´s last blog post..Welcome to the Free Pipe Organ Recital at the First Church in Los Angeles


Jannie Funster March 22, 2009 at 6:41 pm

And I’d rather be a hammer than a nail.

Yes, to live — not just exist and to live FREE.

Jannie Funster´s last blog post..Sofa buttocks et al


Kelly@SHE-POWER March 22, 2009 at 7:16 pm


I’m not familiar with this quote, so thanks for sharing it. The image goes perfectly with the content, and when you consider the two together you wonder how anyone could ever want to live without spark and fire. To smolder when you can flare up and blaze brightly for all to see and for others to follow – well there isn’t anything better.

I should post this up near my laptop. It’s probably close to my creed for life.

Go hard. Get uncomfortable and embrace every moment you can.



kathy March 22, 2009 at 8:05 pm

to live, not to exist

That seems to be the idea that jumps out at all of us. I was listening to Brian Tracy this week and was reminded to live as if I have another hundred years and it can all end tomorrow.

kathy´s last blog post..a love letter hanging from my kitchen ceiling


Karl Staib - Work Happy Now March 22, 2009 at 8:07 pm

Living to our full potential can be scary. By putting ourselves out there we are encouraging people to judge us. I’ve actually been working on letting the judgments go and just being myself. Who cares what other people think?

As long as we align our actions with our core beliefs it doesn’t matter what anyone else thinks of us. What matters is that we are trying our best every single day.

Karl Staib – Work Happy Now´s last blog post..Love a Good Sunday Quote


Lance March 22, 2009 at 9:21 pm

@Stas – You’re very welcome!

@Suzen – I’m glad to hear your all fired up, Suzen! That’s great!!

@Meleah – It amazes me how sometimes we find just the right thing (message) at just the right time. It’s great to see you here today Meleah…

@Matthew – Great to have you here Matthew! That’s a powerful line by Bruce Springsteen – a favorite of mine. Keep burning Matthew – keep burning that fire within you…

@LisaNewton – Hi Lisa! That’s it though – we may have just “existed” in the past. Or even today, maybe we just “exist”. Yet, within each of us is the power to get from “existing” to really and truly “living”. Your word, OUTSIDE, I say you are doing this one big time – you are LIVING it! And that’s pretty awesome!

@Jannie – I love that metaphor of hammer and nail! I’ll be the hammer too!!

@Kelly – Hi Kelly! The picture really depicts the idea of the spark within each of us growing into something bigger. I love your creed too! In fact, I find it challenging if I think about it in my life – especially the “uncomfortable” part. And challenging is a good thing (even though I might not always think so when I’m IN the challenge!). Thanks for sharing Kelly!

@Kathy – The Brian Tracy example – it reminds me that we should do today thinking we’ll be around for a long long time – and that means doing things with integrity and character. And that it can all end tomorrow – doing things that deeply matter to us, things we might normally put off for “another day” – a day that may never come. Thanks much Kathy, I’m really liking this that you’ve shared.

@Karl – You have a great attitude Karl – getting to that point of not caring what other people think. Especially when we’re talking about what really matters to us – what matters is what we think about that.


Vered - MomGrind March 22, 2009 at 9:36 pm

Living rather than existing – such an important distinction. I read somewhere that most people just exist. How sad!

Vered – MomGrind´s last blog post..Lipo Dissolve Nightmare: A Cosmetic Procedure Gone Wrong


Arswino March 22, 2009 at 10:06 pm

Just like a statue, it exists but it’s not alive. We can have a meaningful life if we are truly ‘live’ in it.
I love this quote. Thank Lance.

Arswino´s last blog post..A Glass of Milk


Henie March 22, 2009 at 10:16 pm

This has sparked my heart leaving my soul incandescent! I am definitely sparking all over the place and loving it! :~)

“One who truly lives does not stop to ponder how to!” ~Henie~

Henie´s last blog post..How Tuna Travels To Your Tongue


Stacey / Create a Balance March 22, 2009 at 11:23 pm

I would like to use my time here on Earth more wisely. So much to do within a 24 hour period.

Stacey / Create a Balance´s last blog post..Authentic Happiness Series – Part One


Jennifer March 23, 2009 at 12:05 am

Great one Lance. It’s better to have tried and failed than to have never tried at all. That was a hard lesson for me to swallow for a certain event in my life. But living is always better than not living or trying.

@Vared, yes, most people do just exist. Most people have no idea why they get up every day. How very very very sad! I used to do that. It was very sad. No more, no more!

Jennifer´s last blog post..How to be Truly Blessed


bobbi March 23, 2009 at 12:53 am

I would love to give this quote to my brother, he really needs it right now!

bobbi´s last blog post..Homemade Spelt Tortilla Wraps!


Mark Salinas March 23, 2009 at 7:13 am

I missed your Sunday thoughts!! Always good! 🙂


Cricket March 23, 2009 at 8:22 am

Way to go Lance. This is just great. Spring is in the air. What a perfect time to remind us to live but not just exist. This is a huge inspiring thought to begin the week.


Lisa's Chaos March 23, 2009 at 11:47 am

GREAT quote, full of great advice! I do try to live each day to its fullest – except today when I have a head cold and just want to lay in bed. But great days ahead. 🙂

Lisa’s Chaos´s last blog post..Macro Monday Cars


Gennaro March 23, 2009 at 12:10 pm

Life is, indeed, an action sport. It’s not meant to be static. Physically or mentally. Seek challenges. Great quote.

Gennaro´s last blog post..Angkor Wat Through The Lens


Lance March 23, 2009 at 12:32 pm

@Vered – Life is to be lived. Existing IS sad. I have existed. And somedays, I still do. Maybe we all do some days during our life. And that’s okay, as long as we don’t make it a habit.

@Arswino – Yes, let’s not be a statue! Great comparison Arswino.

@Henie – Keep sparking Henie, keep sparking!!

@Stacey/Create A Balance – Hi Stacey. That’s a great point. I’ve felt overloaded recently. And yet, I know I could use my time in a much better manner, and this would make my life easier. Why don’t I? so much to learn yet… And, Stacey, I wish you well in using your time – I think that all fits so well with the idea of balance and what that means in our life – so that’s a great topic you cover!

@Jennifer – Hi Jennifer! This is a hard lesson for me, as well. Stepping out of our comfort zones, to making ourselves vulnerable – is difficult. Failure seems so much more “possible”. At the same time, how will we ever know unless we try. Whatever the events in our life that have meaning. It’s so easy to continue to be in that comfort zone of life – and then pretty soon we realize (or maybe we don’t) that we’re just existing, not living. And Jennifer, good for you – in really living your life. I, too, have been in states of just existing. Living is so much better! So much more fulfilling…

@Bobbi – Please pass it along – give it away!

@Mark Salinas – Great to see you here Mark! Thanks, my friend…

@Cricket – Hi Tammy! spring is a wonderful time to live, not just exist – and the thought never crossed my mind! How spring brings new growth, and that a real sign of living! It’s great to see you here today Tammy!

@Lisa’s Chaos – Hi Lisa! Well, good example of some days where we will just exist – and that’s okay. Days of sickness are a good example of this – of not having to “live” constantly. Sometimes existing is the best option. As long as it doesn’t become a regular habit. Keep living to the fullest Lisa (except when you’re sick – then just get better…).

@Gennaro – Hi Gennaro. I like the thought of life being an action sport. Mentally active, I think that’s the ball that gets dropped sometimes.


Carla March 23, 2009 at 1:54 pm

A good reminder that its great to be alive. Remembering that no matter what’s going on in the world, or in our lives, there is still beauty around us and a reason for living.

Carla´s last blog post..Eco Fashion: The Cost of Eco Fashion


Sami March 24, 2009 at 2:17 am

Great quote. Here’s another good one along the same lines…
“Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving in a well preserved body but rather to skid in sideways, champagne in one hand, strawberries in the other, body thoroughly used up, totally worn out and screaming, WOO HOO! What a Ride!”

Sami´s last blog post..Earth Hour 2009


Giovanna Garcia March 24, 2009 at 3:40 am

Hi Lance

What a great message, I love it. We should leave a mark where ever we go. I don’t want to live lightly and arrive to my grave safely. I want to make as many impact as I can and when it is time for me to go. I hope people would say, “That little Giovanna sure made a lot of noise.” Hopefully a lot of good noise and I will apologize for the not so good noise. The bottom line is I am making noise and I am going to keep doing it.
Thank you,
Giovanna Garcia
Imperfect Action is better than No Action

Giovanna Garcia´s last blog post..What ever happen to commitment?


Lance March 24, 2009 at 6:50 am

@Carla – Yes, beauty is around us, sometimes we’re just not looking hard enough to see it. Or we’re focused on lack,instead of abundance. Thanks much Carla.

@Sami – Hi Sami! That quote does fit perfectly with this one! No better way to reach that end here on earth than by being completely used up – we can’t take it with us anyway… Thanks much for stopping by!

@Giovanna – Hi Giovanna. What a great attitude! Keep on making noise – you have a great message to share – and you’re doing that!


Dayflyer March 24, 2009 at 7:59 am

What a wonderful photograph. All that energy from one single sparkler!

I agree totally with the words. Why endure an existence when you can choose to live a life…

Dayflyer´s last blog post..5 Free or Low Cost Leisure Activities for Kids


Liara Covert March 24, 2009 at 2:09 pm

Existing is being. As one chooses to eradicate fear from the mind, one no longer senses it in the body. Deep within the soul is where ideas are conceived. This is what must be reached and changed in order to truly live.

Liara Covert´s last blog post..What does the medicine man say?


Dragos Roua March 24, 2009 at 2:15 pm

“I shall not waste my days in trying to prolong them. I shall use my time.” That’s my favorite as it puts you above the time: you’re not used by time, you will use time. Enlightening thought, thanks Lance 🙂

Dragos Roua´s last blog post..Perfect versus Better


IvánPérez March 25, 2009 at 1:49 am

I like this, it’s a good quote. I don’t have to say that I love this Sunday articles. Cheers.

IvánPérez´s last blog post..Minimalistic Fast Learning #1: Uncluttering Information


Armen Shirvanian March 25, 2009 at 10:24 am

Implementing this attitude, if it is not already part of your current personality, is a huge stretch. I can think of examples of individuals who are in the “sleepy and permanent planet” category, and it would take a large sum of effort to challenge them to get into a state of activity and mindfulness. Giving them a small bit of helpful challenge is a step in the right direction, though.

Armen Shirvanian´s last blog post..Being Called “Nice” Is Not A Positive Thing


Mindful Mimi March 25, 2009 at 11:17 am

Jack got it right there doesn’t he. Your posts and quotes always come full circle to living in the now, being a better person, make the world a better place, be happy, give and care etc.
Wonderful ponder.
Thanks Lance

Mindful Mimi´s last blog post..A world where every human being will be born from a well-educated woman


Marelisa March 25, 2009 at 3:40 pm

Hi Lance: I think that the lesson to be learned from this post is that we need to put ourselves out there and take risks rather than always being “safe” and never trying new things and having new experiences. It’s better to take risks and fall once in awhile, even if you get a few bruises, then to go through life without ever having fallen but without truly having lived either.


Sagan March 25, 2009 at 9:30 pm

This reminds me of something my sensei said to me today in aikido… “add a little pepper to your technique!”

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Lance March 26, 2009 at 4:23 am

@Dayflyer – Yes, the picture really does depict much energy! A life “lived” versus “endured” is so much more fulfilling…

@Liara – Hi Liara. This really touches upon finding that which truly and deeply matters. Getting there is getting to where “living” really takes place.

@Dragos – Hi Dragos. We will use time – I like that! And it also says to me that trying to find ways to play it safe is not how we should use our time. Now, this is not to say that we should go out and be reckless. It is, though, that we have today – how are we truly going to use that?

@Ivan – Thanks for stopping by Ivan!

@Armen – I think you’ve touched on a great point, Armen. It’s small steps in this direction of really living that can get us there. We don’t always have to leap into something not knowing what will happen. Small steps can get us there also. It may take longer, however, we’re moving in the right direction, and that’s a good thing.

@Mimi – Hi Mimi! Jack sure did get it right! I love that thought of “full circle” – that this is a process of getting us someplace, and it leads us back to ourselves and what is truly within.

@Marelisa – Hi Mare! This is so well said, thank you! Yes, taking a few risks is a good thing. And by risks, I’m thinking risks that come from within. Maybe we’ll falter. I think we’re better for those falls, too, though. There is much to be learned in both falling and climbing upward.

@Sagan – I like it, Sagan! Spice up our lives!!


Robin March 26, 2009 at 6:42 am

Hi Lance – I think we all know deep down that we are meant to shine brightly. Great Sunday thought!


Jewel/Pink Ink March 26, 2009 at 6:53 am

Jack London is one of the most amazing writers who have ever lived. Great quote!

The challenge is to not experience burnout LOL.

Seriously, if I were to choose, I would go with living fully!

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FatFighterTV March 26, 2009 at 5:48 pm

So, it’s Thursday – good thing your Sunday Thought for the Day doesn’t expire. This one reminds me of one I often have to keep reminding myself – that life is not a dress rehearsal. It’s the real deal.

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Jannie Funster March 27, 2009 at 7:02 am

And good morning! Better to burn out than to fade away… Neil Young,right?

Well,gotta go milk the cow, feed the chikkins and make Kelly’s lunch!

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rummuser March 27, 2009 at 10:33 am

Wonderful quote. Just what I needed!

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Mark March 27, 2009 at 1:29 pm

Have a nice weekend!


Happiness Is Better March 27, 2009 at 3:29 pm

Great quote! Part of the Jack London quote reminds me of this Benjamin Franklin quote “Some people die at 25 and aren’t buried until 75.”


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Lance March 28, 2009 at 7:03 am

@Robin – Yes, deep down, we all have within us the light that can shine! Let’s all let it out!

@Jewel – With burnout, the idea of balance comes into play. That’s a great point. Live fully and with balance…sounds like a great plan!

@FatFighterTV – Ha! No, they never expire!! And this one…well, it’s been a busy week, so not much else has been happening here. Sometimes it’s easy to get into the mindset that ‘tomorrow’ will be the day we start really living – and then ‘tomorrow’ never really gets here. The moment is now!

@Jannie – Good morning to you Jannie (a day late)! Neil Young, yes… And that fits perfectly here. Let’s go about burning out! Don’t forget to strum the guitar in there someplace too!

@Rummuser – Glad to hear this!

@Mark Salinas – You too, enjoy the weekend!

@Happines is Better – Hi Dustin! The Ben Franklin quote fits perfectly with this one. Let’s not let this happen – live life! Thanks for sharing that, my friend.


Elizabeth Barrette March 30, 2009 at 10:45 pm

I agree! I would rather be spark and ash than cold dust. I may or may not succeed in my endeavors, but I will burn brightly while striving.

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