Monday, July 5, 2010

a wide awake wake-up call


Mark Twain by Robert Dickhoff


  
Thousands of geniuses live and die undiscovered -- either by themselves or by others. ~ Mark Twain



Time's a tickin' .......The Death Clock might be silly stuff or may be quasi-realistic, but my results were a huge wake-up call for me around 3:00 AM - and I haven't even been asleep yet!




(Note: In preview mode I am seeing gazillions of links to this post and am confused how they got there, or even how most could possibly apply to this post. I apologize if they are still there once this post is published, and I will see about turning off or dialing down this feature that I did not request. Dealing with this kind of minutiae is an example of things that take minutes off of my life!)


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16 comments:

kj said...

ah lydia, what a fine message!

i am starting to operate as though i have a RESPONSIBILITY to live a good and rich and passionate and kind life.

xoxo

Owen said...

Love the quote from Clemens, errr, Twain. And the portrait of him... although perhaps today we could change it to read "Millions", instaead of "Thousands". Not sure that Twain envisioned 7 billion people on the planet, and rising... must be a few geniuses still hiding out there.

As for the death clock, I fear it is rather frivolous indeed... it told me I would live to be close to 100. What a joke ! It knows nothing about my past... And I suspect many people will lie about their weight when playing such a game... As much as I'd love to live and photograph and blog merrily along to the age of 97, I fear it may not be the case... but who knows...
:-)

Looking to the Stars said...

I like the quote and the painting of Twain.

The Death Clock link was intersting, we are firm believers in taking vit's. Death has always surrounded me. I do not fear it, when my time comes I will welcome it.

I'll share with you something my father told me, "I am one of the richest men in America and I can not buy that which I want and need the most, TIME"

take care :)

Katariina said...

You are lovely.Thank you for your blog,dear Lydia!♥

YogaforCynics said...

I discovered my genius years ago.
I'm just having a hard time convincing anybody else of it...

Maggie May said...

i love the painting !

Freda said...

Have to confess to taking the Death Clock test! It seemed like an awful lot of millions left. I didn't bother to convert to days or years. Better not to know. Every Blessing

Rhiannon said...

Lydia, are you okay? You can e-mail me any time if you feel like it?

I always call myself the "starving artist and writer"...I know of people that are wonderful artist and they are dirt poor...so anyway to me it's the "inner art work" from your spirit that makes the difference...it's a part of you..not the money...though earning a bit from my work would be nice...which I have done from time to time...

Take care and hope your okay,

Love,

Rhi

Lydia said...

kj~ "Responsibility" isn't the word that would have immediately come to me, but I really like it in the context of this topic. Great!

Owen~ I don't think Clemens would have considered the concept of overpopulation (that's what I call 7 billion people and rising). Maybe too many people think that their offspring will be among the geniuses the world needs. They can't all be right.....
Congrats on the higher estimate; mine said I have 20 years left. :(
Interesting new avatar you have there, Owen!

Looking to the Stars~ Thank you for sharing your father's wisdom. And your own, too, about not fearing death. I try to think of it as the last passage...

Katariina~ Thank you! Love you and your blog, too. :)

YogaforCynics~ I think you should pay deeper attention to the comments at your blog...there are those of us who do recognize your genius!

Maggie May~ I found it fetching myself!

Freda~ Darn, but I did look at the years noted on mine. If it's right then I will die sooner than both my grandmother and mother did. Therefore, I choose not to believe the Death Clock!

Rhi~ Oh, yeah, I am fine! The Death Clock kinda freaked me out early in the morning but after some sleep I have things in perspective. I took my vitamins, laughed at the comics in the newspaper, cuddled Willow, had a good afternoon with Michael, will do yoga later on. Life is good, which is why I hope the Death Clock was wrong.
And thank you for being there, Rhi. xo

Kay McKenzie Cooke said...

Thanks for visiting my blog and your amazing comments! I tried to find the comments on the actual post ... but for some reason they weren't there. That's okay, I have them in my email so I can re-read them at my leisure. I love your blog too. Once again, thanks for dropping by!

Darlene said...

I love your header. That is a wonderful photo of a pictograph rock. Is it in Arizona?

About the death clock; I try to treat each day as if it is my last. At my age it well could be. I like the way Morrie looked at it in Tuesday's With Morrie. He asked the little bird on his shoulder if this was the day.

I don't dwell on it, but am aware that I am in my twilight years and do not fear the next step.

Just for fun I took the Death Clock test and was told that my time had expired. I wonder if that's significant? ;-)

Kim said...

That's a great quote. I need to learn it by heart.

La Belette Rouge said...

I couldn't put my information in the death clock. I couldn't do it. It is so funny because "Denial of Death" is one of my favorite books and I truly believe by facing my death and being aware of it makes my life more precious. All that said, I couldn't put my information in.

Lydia said...

Kay~ Your comments didn't appear here for a whole day, in spite of my knowing they were there because I enjoyed them in my email notification. Perhaps whatever glitch that we both experienced is now repaired. So glad that Di mentioned you in her latest post so I could find your blog!

Darlene~ I am so glad that you like my new header. I took the shot in the Steens Mountain area, which is in southeast Oregon. I love that rock.
Ah-ha! You beat the Death Clock! That makes me more confident that I will beat the date it showed for me. I'll keep Morrie's idea in mind and am glad you reminded me of it.

Kim~ You probably already have learned it by heart...you are such a quick study!

La Belette Rouge~ That is funny you couldn't. I had to force myself, I must admit. It didn't feel good. I know it's just a computer-generated thingy, but still.......

Jennifer said...

Well. Now I know when I am going to die, and about the only thing I can do about it is change my attitude, since I don't smoke and have a low BMI. That's not such a bad thing to change . . .

I like the new look of the place.

Lydia said...

Jennifer~ Changing my attitude was the only way I could affect the outcome also. Need to go from that "normal mode" to "optimistic." That's easier said than done some days but I will try.

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