Wednesday, July 20, 2005

Love Your Life


However mean your life is,
Meet it and live it;
Do not shun it and call it hard names.
It is not so bad as you are.
It looks poorest when you are richest.
The fault-finder will find faults even in paradise.
Love your life, poor as it is.

Thoreau

38 comments:

Shan'Chelle said...

Wow, thats quite the polar opposite from the last post :-) I like it...the quote itself is very inspiring. Thanks!

Übermilf said...

It's the hormones! I tell you, they mess with your mind!

Neil said...

Who's the artist? I want that picture on my wall.

Glad you bounced back!

yournamehere said...

I think it was also Thoreau who said "Smoke 'em if you got 'em, motherfuckers."

joanne said...

This is a great post. I needed to read this right now.

Captain Beefheart said...

..me too! Thanks ;o)

The Moviequill said...

I was up late reading too many scripts and my book... my eyes are really thoreau today

sunshine said...

Oooooh. I needed to hear that this morning. Thanks for the wake up call.

Anthony said...

That guitar is somehow more voluptous than the woman.

gone said...

Poetry usually makes me feel sad, but whatever works for you, right?

MoDigli said...

I like that! :)

Are we bouncing back to our usual happy state, then?

I know you're busy with prepping for school. I hope you're having fun with it! :)

The real me said...

Brooke,
Are you trying to tell me something??

:)

The real me said...

PS - Brooooooke
I'm still waiting for the interview, dahling... would love to play!

Cincysundevil said...

Great quote. When I was getting ready to take the LSAT for law school, I was going through a pretty tough time. Your life is in flux, your worried that your score won't get you into a decent school, you worry about your references actually writing the school independently as required. It's stressful to say the least. A friend in Phoenix knew how much I loved Notre Dame (she was a huge fan too) and turned me on to, of all things, a Lou Holtz motivational book. One of the things I got from the book is how you deal with adversity. To paraphrase Lou, you should welcome adversity for what it is, a chance to overcome a challenge that once conquered will make you a better person.

Diedre said...

I love the painting - wonderful artist. The colors are so vibrant.

And great words. Thanks for the post! You are so lovable.

im here somewhere said...

much better my love, much better.

Egan said...

It's no wonder they name schools after Mr. Thoreau.

JJ said...

I'm not so sure I agree. I mean, when you're miserable time really drags out which, according to Mr. Einstein (who also found time to make great bagels and start the Disney company, if you can believe it), means you live longer. So you might kill yourself at age 38, but it will be like you lived 150 years.

So there's that to take into account.

Marel Lecone said...

Brooke, I may have to print this up for my medicine cabinet--the place that I have a pic of my new car and other little encouragements. Thanks for this one.

Brookelina said...

I realized after the last post that even though I have a right to wallow in self-pity, it's not only unattractive, but it smacks of selfishness. I have a lot to be grateful for, and Thoreau is always a good reminder of that.

For all those that like the picture, I googled girl on couch.

Brookelina said...

http://members.tripod.com/wcart45/id13.html

Here is the website, my links never work on the comments for some reason!

Foreverdad said...

Intelligent lady like you wanting to stay out of a vibrant discussion? Ummm

Ruben said...

Very inspirational. I was just about to slit my wrists and then your post brought me back from the brink . lol

evercurious said...

Wonderful words of wisdom. I am so glad to have read it. Perfect timing. Thanks.

Evil Petting Zoo said...

so does this mean we're all going to vegass?

TrueJerseyGirl said...

That was a good one. So deep, and so true!

im here somewhere said...

brooke, i collect paintings by a mexican painter that paints obese women (tastefully). one of them is exactly like this picture, but she is naked and obese.

thephoenixnyc said...

I love when people post things like this. Because I need to hear them and don't always seek them out on my own.

Cheers

Neil said...

Just curious, what made you search for a picture of "girl on couch" for this post?

Jack's Shack said...

Interesting post. BTW, as a kid I loved Rikki Tikki Tavi. I saw in your profile.

Brookelina said...

Ruben - I'm glad you changed your mind. We'd all miss you! lol

EC - seems like a lot of people needed a post like this. :)

Evil - could be! You buyin?

TJ - so true!

Lilred - naked and obese. Interesting.

Phoenix - cheers to you too. :)

JS - Rikki is one of my heroes!

Neil - I have a card that my mom gave me years ago that I have on the wall by my desk. It's a woman sitting on her couch drinking coffee - and underneath it says "Love your Life" - Thoreau. I wanted to capture the way that card makes me feel. It's what pulled me out of my little funk.

sunshine said...

I have thought about this poem twice today when I started to feel gloomy. I think I need to print it and stick it on my refrigerator. Thanks again for sharing.

Spirit Of Owl said...

I need to print this and stick it on the heads of everyone I know. Then when I look at them, they're bound to make me laugh.

Evil Petting Zoo said...

what do we need to buy? vegASS has us covered!

Brookelina said...

Sunny - I'm so happy that this post has touched people. Nice to know that I've brought some positive vibes into this negative world.

Owl - I agree! And include the picture with it.

Evil - he's buying the tickets and everything! Cool.

Evil Petting Zoo said...

it can't be that expensive.

gone said...

These last couple posts are wonderful. And that is that.

im here somewhere said...

i think showing ones true self is always interesting, and if i have to be naked to do it...so be it!