I received this quote in email this morning and I really like it:
Let us live so that when we come to die even the undertaker will be sorry.
Mark Twain – 1835-1910, Author
My family and I went on a road trip to New England in April and we stopped by Mark Twain’s house on our way home. It was almost comical to see this huge Victorian house from the 1800’s in the middle of a not so great part of the city.
We went inside the museum and signed up for a tour of the house and we were surprised to see someone who looked very much like Mark Twain show up as our tour guide.
Pictures weren’t allowed to be taken inside so I cannot show you what we saw that day but I will do my best to describe my favorite room – his indoor garden – to you.
Just outside of his library – a room the size of half my house – was an indoor garden. There was a fountain in the center and it was surrounded by plants and flowers. The walls and ceiling were like a greenhouse and it was one of the most peaceful places I have ever seen. The guide told us that Mark Twain and his wife and children would spend hours in the evenings in this room, often playing and reading.
I actually found a picture of it on a page provided by his museum:
Mark Twain lived…
He was born dirt poor, took a new name, worked countless jobs in locations around the world, married a wealthy woman and outlived all but one of his four children. That is one pain I cannot and hope I do not ever have to endure.
Through all of the devastating events that are taking place in our world, we too need to find a way to LIVE. I put that in all caps because there is living (basically breathing) and LIVING (enjoying life to its fullest).
Not only do we need to live but we need to spread love and kindness…even if it is taking an extra 30 seconds to let someone cross the street or giving a stranger in front of us in line the $.40 he is short to make his purchase (true stories).
We all need to step up our games and do this.
I’ll end this post with another Mark Twain quote that sums it all up:
The secret of getting ahead is getting started.