May 16, 2009

What's the secret to life?

88 comments:

patrat said...

Sartre said (in NO EXIT) "Hell is other people".
"Heaven" may rely on "other people". (Watch the old Twilight Zones.)
In Zen, it's chop wood, carry water.
Jesus said love.
Seems like it's something simple beyond belief.

patrat said...

Seriously I believe it's an active verb, "DO unto others ..."

Lost Cause said...

Being happy with what you have here and now.

patrat said...

Nice picture Keith. And now that I look at it - that says it all. Night carp! :)

(It's on signs by the canals in France! I think they've got it!)

Anonymous said...

You may die tonight

Anonymous said...

Trust nobody but yourself

Anonymous said...

LOVE

Anonymous said...

Real estate only goes up.

patrat said...

"Trust nobody but yourself"




... If you CAN!! :)


LOVE this comment, but just had to say it!

Anonymous said...

Jazz music

will shill for coin said...

There is play that is work and play that is play.

There is work that is work and work that is play.

Anonymous said...

Don't you wish there was a knob on the TV to turn up the intelligence?

Anonymous said...

There is no secret to life. Life is meaningless.

Anonymous said...

Shag as many girls as you can

casey said...

A good woman and close friends.A comfortable living is also good.Stay away from drugs.

Anonymous said...

Skinny girls with big tits.

happy snapper said...

Everything you are and have is the sum total of your thoughts.

Choose your thoughts.

Its something you have total control over.

Anonymous said...

The Christian story is beyond dumb.

The Christian message is great

So you cant be a Christian if you are A Christian.

Anonymous said...

Buy Now or be Priced Out Forever

Anonymous said...

Trust Your Realtor

Anonymous said...

George W. Bushco is Smart

Anonymous said...

Dick Cheneyburton Is Innocent

Anonymous said...

You can always refinance later

Anonymous said...

Really, Honey, I'l stop if it hurts...

Anonymous said...

Deficits don't matter.

Anonymous said...

Birth Control for Republicans

Anfry Leprechaun said...

Find humility and be grateful for what you have. We have a world of people tryig to make himelf look better than the next guy.

He who has nothing and is ok with it will find and experince more happiness than he who has obtained everything in the search for happiness.

Anonymous said...

Well, don't ask the economic reporter for the The New York Times below. His article entitled, "My Personal Credit Crisis", is about his "experience" living beyond his means, buying a home with a Liar's Loan, and being deep in debt with credit cards. It made the top of the list today. His out-of-control irresponsible spending is repugnant.

Let me remind you that he's the Times reporter meeting with big shots like Greenspan and Bernanke, so he can write us about the state of the economy. Just like bald Ali from CNN does. You know, Ali, the guy who has a degree in religion from a inky-dinky college in Canada, and who never ran a business in his life. Two "experts" passing Kool-Aid daily.

The Hope crowd is probably basing their assumptions on garbage written by reporters like him. Now, after getting up the eyeballs in debt, this 50-year old, father of two, is issuing a mea culpa, with the classic arrogance of a Times reporter. Oh and he stopped paying his mortgage for eighth months now, living for free, while collecting a $120k salary from the Times + benefits.

Please don't read the article below because you'll feel like flying to Washington to punch him and his new gold-digger wife in the mouth.

http://tinyurl.com/q7d5sy

Anonymous said...

GETTING LAID!

long beach, ca said...

being content with what you have after your basic needs are met.

Randy said...

Self responsibility

brasileiro said...

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Neuroscience



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Bukko_in_Australia said...

Secret: At least once a day. take a moment to stop and think how good you've got it.

I see all sorts of people whose health is seriously f@cked. Many are demented, some can't breathe, others suffer constant pain, a few have a terminal diagnosis and know they're going to die.

Can you move about under your own power? Do you realise how great that is compared to someone who's had two legs amputated at the knee due to diabetes?

Can you fill your lungs with air? Do it right now -- breathe in. If your lungs had stiffened up like cardboard because your company let asbestos particles float around the factory where you made ceiling tiles, you couldn't. Contemplate how nice respirations are.

Are you in intense physical agony, right this second? If you're reading this, probably not. I'm talking about having so much pain from degenerated discs in your spine that you can't even sit up straight. When you move, does it feel like someone is stabbing your chest with knives because of broken ribs from a car crash? If the answer is no, revel in feeling good for 5 seconds.

And if your body is in such bad shape that you can't feel good for any of these reasons, there's no shame in suicide. None of us gets out alive. Years of misery are nothing to look forward to.

In other news, South African businessman predicts Future of Rage.

Anonymous said...

Deficits don't matter.A truly inspiring tale, by the economics reporter for The New York Times; "...the paper’s chief eyes and ears on the Federal Reserve for the past six years...""We all had our reasons."

Anonymous said...

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"Every man's way is right in his own eyes..."
prov 21
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Anonymous said...

concerning evil,

both hands do it well!

Anonymous said...

"You can't fix stupid"

Jeff said...

The way of life is to give.

The way of death is sin, based on self.

Anonymous said...

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"A man's enemies are the men of his own household"



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Anonymous said...

eat drink and be merry,

for tomorrow we die!

dagan68 said...

My grandparents - the most awesome people I know - who grew up and began their family during the Great Depression - always taught me that the secret to life - was one word - and to learn to embrace that word.

that word is ENOUGH.

I thank God for them both everyday.

gun nut said...

Happiness is a warm gun.

Sorry -- could not resist.

But seriously, with the ammo shortage, even indulging in that simple pleasure is just not possible. Although fleeting, a bit of bang can boost the body.

RICO said...

Two secrets.

Seeing the truth when you hear it.

And looking both ways before crossing a one-way street.

Anonymous said...

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"...take refuge in the Lord

Than to trust in man...

Bud Fox said...

Sun-tzu: If your enemy is superior, evade him. If angry, irritate him. If equally matched, fight, and if not split and reevaluate.

jim said...

Do the next thing.

Anonymous said...

I used to think it was A Job, A Car and A Girl, when I was 16, now at 61 it's Tobacco, Tea and Tolstoi.

George L said...

don't try to fit in

don't believe in politicians

don't believe in religion

I started doing this 3 years ago, and never been happier.even my hair grew back.

Mike Hunt said...

The secret to life is to live in the present moment. Appreciate the present moment for what it is. Future and past are relative constructs and mean nothing, really.

All of our lives, lived out, are a series of present moments. We always have a choice to do whatever we want to do in this present moment. Eventually we will die and the death experience will be our last present moment. Even in that, there is beauty.

The secret to life is to remember this fact while you are being sucked into forgetting about the present by the TV, internets, realtors, the neighbor's wife, having a cold, stressing about work, rushing to take care of the kids, etc, etc. It's tough to remember the point of it all. It's about the experience.

And although there are consequences to actions you take, you can really do whatever you want. Feel like killing someone, or killing a neighborhood and then offing yourself? Go for it, enjoy the experience but be ready for the consequences. Feel like giving all your money to charity- go for it, enjoy the experience and be ready for the consequences once again.

But know this, know this important fact... God doesn't judge what you do. Because God lies within you. There is no judge for your actions, only karma that sends you back once more.

Perhaps I've said too much.

-Mike

Mike H. said...

"You may die tonight"

-Anon, 8:57pm

Ding, Ding, Ding. We have a winner.

You, sir or madam, correctly stated the secret to life. Well done!!!

(Same with Anon 9:26pm - love)

-Mike

Anonymous said...

The secret to life is that it endures and it goes on. Until it ends.

-Mike

Anonymous said...

To want what you have, rather than have what you want.

Nick said...

I strongly believe in the principles of The Secret by Rhonda Byrune and also a book/philosophy outlined by the late Lyn Grabhorn's book "Excuse Me, Your Life Is Waiting".

In a nutshell here it is; don't live life in fear. But rather be happy and FEEL WITH LOTS OF EMOTION that you have what you want already and give thanks/gratitude for it. Your emotions will attract that reality into your life.

And that kids is the secret to life.

Anonymous said...

Young guys swimming fast. Quite obviously.

Anonymous said...

Freedom & Health. Nothing else matters!

Anonymous said...

How to seek the truth

http://www.ajc.com/health/
content/shared-auto/healthnews
/cdc-/627172.html

Swine Flu May Have Infected More Than 100,000 Americans

While the official tally of confirmed U.S. swine flu cases topped 4,700 on Friday, experts at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention now estimate the true number of infections at more than 100,000 nationwide.

Anonymous said...

The Secret to Life....

...is a Secret!

Anonymous said...

"Nick said...
I strongly believe in the principles of The Secret by Rhonda Byrune and also a book/philosophy outlined by the late Lyn Grabhorn's book "Excuse Me, Your Life Is Waiting". "

It Figures. That shit writing is patently stupid nonsense and only a simpleton would believe that drivel.

Go to Hell, Asshole.

Aunt Fanny said...

At the age of 56, I believe the secret is to turn off all the noises and voices in your head and listen to your heart. Listen hard. That is where your soul resides. We are so distracted by the crush of information coming at us from all sides that we can't hear ourselves think. That's why some people meditate - to listen. The Buddha is portrayed with closed eyes, listening to the truth that lies within. Listen to what makes you happy, then pursue that. Don't let the world distract you from your own truth and your own happiness. As Socrates said: Know yourself.

SeattleMoose said...

Live within your means, own minimal "stuff", follow your own intuition, and tame the ego.

Devestment said...

Worm Food.

Anonymous said...

the right yellow filter during sunset.

i've had it said...

I have learned from this financial calamity that the secret to a good life is to be engaged in a profession that is connected with government, finance, or the real estate industry. You should have a big position in one of these institutions so you can make shitloads of money either honestly or through corruption and criminal acts. If the bottom drops out, you will be called upon to fix the problem you created, given immunity from prosecution, and showered with huge bonuses. You can then continue in your position, making even more money than you did before by accepting tens of billions of dollars in printed govt. money...and you can do it all over again down the road.

This is the secret to (a good) life.

Anonymous said...

The secret to life- The one moment when you feel "true love." The one moment when you are snow skiing, sledding or quad running and you look above and say "Thanks- I fell so alive". The moment you hold someones hand that is very sick that you love so much. Life is "Moments." LIfe secrets are remembering the "Moments." Think about it.

Anonymous said...

Big Booty Brazilian girls with little tits...

Anonymous said...

eat all you want...

but take only what you need

Anonymous said...

Control your possessions,

not the other way around

Anonymous said...

Some great commentary and thoughts...thanks for sharing all!

My favorite quote is along the same line as experiencing the "moments" in life..

"Take time to enjoy the little things in life....Some day, we will all look back and realize that THEY were the big things....

In other words, tune out all the BS as much as you can...no one ever died wishing they would have spent more time at the damn office...

Anonymous said...

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Keep deception and lies far from me,

Give me neither poverty nor riches,

Feed me with the food that is my portion

That I not be full and deny You and say,"Who is the Lord?"

Or that I not be in want and steal,

And profane the name of my God.

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Anonymous said...

Health,

Wealth* (enough for ease and comfort)

Controllable kids, and material items

An enjoyable hobby (golf, stamp collecting whatever)


*Forget the private jets, 2nd and 3rd homes, fancy high-end euro trash cars....


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Anonymous said...

My father worked with a guy that in about 2004 had residences in Manhattan N.Y., Los Angeles, Malibu, Palm Springs, Hawaii and along the Gulf coast in Florida.

Reason, because of business interests (investments)

These places began to consume him.

The time, the travel, taxes, Fees, HOA's, began to take their toll in his health and wealth.

He sold most properties except for two (L.A and Palm Springs)

Much happier, better health

His new motto "Downsize"

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Anonymous said...

don't give a damn what other people think! that's one secret.
march to your own drum and don't get caught up with keeping up with Joneses

Anonymous said...

Knowing that GOD has not proven a Hell in death and that MAN has proven a Hell in life.

Anonymous said...

We are being prepared/evaluated for immortality outside the Universe.

Anonymous said...

To be life-giving.

To not be desirous.

Anonymous said...

Living in America

alex3191 said...

get a job on wall street

Anonymous said...

At 50

A Good S**t,

A Good meal,

A good nap,

A Good piece of Ass!


In that order!

Anonymous said...

The secret to life is in Suzanne's research!

RayNLA

Anonymous said...

Fly fishing with top water poppers for bedding bluegills in May from a jon boat on a Macoupin County, IL lake while drinking a cold beer and smoking a cigar - getting just ever so slightly buzzed in the process from the beer and smoke. Life is good.

Smug Bastard

Anonymous said...

“Skinny girls with big tits.” – anonymous

I laughed and reminisced – oh to be a young man again. Would you please have a talk with the person below?

“There is no secret to life. Life is meaningless.” - anonymous

Anonymous said...

Keith, so glad you asked! I discovered years ago the secret to life! I honestly meditated on this question and pondered this topic for a long time in my life! The secret is that one should learn as much as possible about as many things as one could. If there is a secret, the only way to find it is to learn it! If this is truly not the secret, then perhaps one would learn that too, and learn what it is instead, right? Whats great about this answer is that it clearly does not rule out any of the other wonderful answers given here already. But think about this, if you analyze what sets the human animal apart from the rest of the animal kingdom, one could summarize the difference easily, as "reasoning ability" or "intellect". In Summary, One should THINK!!!!
-JDF

Jennifer said...

There is no secret to life.

You just live it, one moment at a time, with the knowledge and wisdom you have at that moment.

It helps to live by the golden rule.

gutless and lazy said...

Like Danny DeVito quipped:

Q: What did the buddhist say to the hot dog vendor?

A: Make me one with everything.

Anonymous said...

Being married to a woman with big, luscious cans who doesn't mind you playing with them.

brasileiro said...

"Big Booty Brazilian girls with little tits..."

Yes, we don't understand this fascination of other cultures for huge racks. We dig girls with little ones here in Brazil.

I was so disappointed when my crush Ivanka bought those huge knockers. She was sooo fine before.

brasileiro said...

The old believe everything, the middle-aged suspect everything, the young know everything.

Oscar Wilde

patrat said...

My sister says:
All you need is
blind faith, dumb luck and
common sense.