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Life in Reverse by George Carlin

“The most unfair thing about life is the way it ends.
I mean, life is tough. It takes up a lot of your time.
What do you get at the end of it?
A death.
What’s that, a bonus?
I think the life cycle is all backwards.
You should die first; get it out of the way.
Then you live in an old age home.
You get kicked out when you’re too young, you get a gold watch,
you go to work.
You work forty years until you’re young enough to enjoy your retirement.
You drink alcohol, you party,
you get ready for high school.
You go to grade school, you become a kid, you play, you have no responsibilities, you become a little baby, you go back into the womb,
You spend your last nine months floating…
Then you finish off as an orgasm.”

(Or as a gleam in someones else’s eye.)


In talking with some friends over dinner the other night, I was reminded of this comic “routine” by George Carlin that I’ve enjoyed.  Having supper with old friends we hadn’t seen in a while we reminisced and talked about health, getting older and the future and aging parents.

I was reminded of several things:

How time flies.

If you’ve got your health you are wealthy.

None of us are going to make it out of here alive.

Live each day well and enjoy the journey.

In the midst of some of our laments or protests about life Carlin’s words came to my mind.  As a reminder to live all the days of our life, enjoy the ride, and to be grateful.  A dinner with good old friends reminded me of how much there is to be grateful for as we live our lives and share our journeys.

Prayer:  Change me, O God, into one who is constantly aware of my blessings, enjoys each day and is always grateful.  May I not worry about even living all my days well right now, which takes away the joy, but to just live this day well, this hour, this moment.  Amen.