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Friday, April 11, 2014

Cloud at last!

 
 I was an ant playing Russian roulette. Every time the gun went off I shook my fist and ranted and raved at the cruelty of my tiny universe. I wallowed in self pity and despair. I put the noose to my own neck, even tightened it, and then hanged myself.
 
Crazy ET that I am,  I fortunately have an extra pair of antennae to help me. I may have been trying to choke myself to death but the better of me saw better.
 
Who was I to whine, fret and complain about the cards being dealt my way when others have had it worse.
 
A friend saw her own 27 year old daughter put a bullet through her head on Mother's Day last year.
 
Another friend, at the prime of her life, was diagnosed with cancer two days ago.
 
Still another friend witnessed  her sister go into an epileptic seizure and into a coma yesterday.
 
Last night I watched the movie Cloud Atlas for the first time.  It was quite an intricate  movie with inter-woven plots involving past, present and future.  I was glad that I did not succumb to the temptation to dump the movie when it was just starting.
 
The dialogue was a veritable gold mine for a quote addict like me.  In fact, the dialogue helped liberate me from my ant hole and cut the tight noose I've placed on my neck.
 
Here are some of my  favorites:
 
"You say you're depressed -- all I see is resilience. You are allowed to feel messed up and inside out. It doesn't mean you're defective -- it just means you're human."
 
"Unlimited power in the hands of limited people always leads to cruelty."
 
"Travel far enough, you meet yourself."
 
"My life amounts to no more than one drop in a limitless ocean. Yet what is any ocean but a multitude of drops"?
 
"Power, time, gravity, love. The forces that really kick ass are all invisible."
 
And here's the one that brought me to my cloud, at last --  my uber-favorite
 
Photo of rose altered. Original photo source: google.com

Posted with gratitude and Aloha!
-ARIEL MURPHY

8 comments:

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    1. Thank you Sir Peter! I'm sorry I wasn't able to bring the card for your friend.

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  2. One of the best blogs you have written. Thoughtful.

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    1. You're always so gracious Mitch! Thank you!

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  3. You managed to mine some gold from that movie. It was definitely a hard one to follow.

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    1. "Challenging" is not a euphemism for "Difficult" for nothing!

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  4. What's the Ant word for 'Karma'?

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