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Thursday, December 31, 2009

A Farewell Letter From a Genius

I feel that it is not right not to share this beautiful and inspiring farewell letter from a genius who has a form of cancer which is terminal. Since life is so precious to him and with only limited time, he realized that if only he would be given more time, he would want to do all the goodness in life.

This is a good reminder to all of us to stop and pause, then think for a moment the value of our precious life and how we should appreciate it, be a grateful person and to start doing the right things to ourselves and to others based on "Love" taught by the Supreme Power & the All Mighty, our creator. I hope after reading this farewell letter, there will be a realization in each and everyone of us even though some of us do tend to get carried away in our busy hectic daily life. Hopefully, we will not forget to express ourselves and show our love to our loved ones and tell them how much we love them and start doing all the goodness to us and to others before it is too late for us to regret it for the rest of our life.

"In a gentle way, you can shake the world"
Quote by Mahatma Ghandi

A beautiful classic song from Nat King Cole entitled "Fasination"

Gabriel Garcia Marquez, a famous writer from Colombia (familiarly known as "Gabo" in his country), and Nobel prize winner for literature in 1982, has retired from public life for reasons of health. He has a form of cancer which is terminal. He has sent a farewell letter to his friends and it has been circulated around the Internet. It is recommended reading because it is moving to know how one of the best and most brilliant of writers expresses himself and with sorrow.

If God, for a second, forget what I have become and granted me a little bit more of life, I would use it to the best of my ability.

I wouldn't possibly, say everything that is in my mind but I would be more thoughtful of all I say ... I would give merit to things not for what they are worth, but for what they mean to express.

I would sleep less, I would dream more because I know that for every minute that we close our eyes, we waste 60 seconds of light. I would walk while others stop; I would be awake while others sleep.

If God would give me a little bit more of life, I would dress in a simple manner, I would place myself in front of the sun, leaving not only my body, but my soul naked at its mercy ...

To all, I would say how mistaken they are when they think that they stop falling in love when they grow old, without knowing that they grow old when they stop falling in love ...

I would give wings to children, but I would leave it to them to learn how to fly by themselves.

To old people I would say that death doesn't arrive when they grow old, but with forgetfulness.

I have learned so much with you all, I have learned that everybody wants to live on top of the mountain, without knowing that true happiness is obtained in the journey taken and the form used to reach the top of the hill.

I have learned that when a newborn baby holds, with its little hand, his father's finger, it has trapped him for the rest of his life. I have learned that a man has the right and obligation to look down at another man, only when that man needs help to get up from the ground.

Say always what you feel, not what you think. If I knew that today is the last time that I am going to see you asleep, I would hug you with all my strength and I would pray to the Lord to let me be the guardian angel of your soul ...

If I knew that these are the last moments to see you, I would say "I love you".

There is always tomorrow, and life gives us another opportunity to do things right, but in case I am wrong, and today is all that is left to me, I would love to tell you how much I love you and that I will never forget you.

Tomorrow is never guaranteed to anyone, young or old. Today could be the last time to see your loved ones, which is why you mustn't wait; do it today, in case tomorrow never arrives. I am sure you will be sorry you wasted the opportunity today to give a smile, a hug, a kiss, and that you were too busy to grant them their last wish.

Keep your loved ones near you; tell them in their ears and to their faces how much you need them and love them. Love them and treat them well; take your time to tell them "I am sorry", "forgive me", "please", "thank you", and all those loving words you know!

Nobody will know you for your secret thought. Ask the Lord for wisdom and strength to express them.

Show your friends and loved ones how important they are to you.

Send this letter to those you love. If you don't do it today... tomorrow will be like yesterday, and if you never do it, it doesn't matter either, the moment to do it is NOW ..

For you, with much love,
Your friend, Gabriel Garcia Marquez


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Marg said...

Just wanted to tell you that was a wonderful letter. We all need to do all those things every day. Happy New Year to you and your family.

Lil said...

Hi Marg,
Yes, I totally agree with you, we ought to do those things every day.
Happy New Year to you and family too.

Cheers! :) :) :)

Lil said...

Hi Marg,
I need to have your detail for me to visit you too. Can I have your url please?

Mariuca said...

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Mariuca said...

Good morning Lil, thank you for the beautiful reminder and I wish u a wonderful 2010 with ur fluffy friends and loved ones. Big hugs! :* :* :*

Lil said...

Hi Marzie,
Good morning to you too and I wish you, your B and your 3 fluffy babies the same for this new year.

God bless you all always.

Loves & hugzzz always.
:) ;) 8-) :* :* :*

Lil said...

Funny lah, do not know why it appears konon nya "The user is an administrator",
I am so puzzled, so I clicked the yellow star that appeared beside my name "Lil" ;) ;) ;)

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