Sunday, August 14, 2005

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start a journal. stop smoking for good. write the screen play you promised yourself you would always write. take singing lessons, please. lose 10 pounds. gain 10 pounds in muscle. listen to a new type of music. read about another religion. book that ticket. don’’t call your x. stop looking for mr. right. start becoming mrs. right. start painting, start with your room. take a black and white photo. walk don’t drive next time. look around while walking.start a journal. try a different drink next time, it might be your new favorite. give the homeless man more than your money, give him a conversation. see something beautiful in chaos. see something beautiful in yourself. see something beautiful in both at the same time. call your family, yes all of them. enjoy the sunshine, even though your sweating. write a mission statement. write 10 places you want to see before you die. go to 20. talk to yourself. talk to God. really talk to someone you have never talked to before, even if youv’e had conversation with them. read a book longer than 100 pages. finish college. watch a foreign film with subtitles. do sit-ups. do a pushup, more if you can. visit a nursing home. play bingo. listen to a story. learn from the past. look to the future. go to a museum. forgive yourself. make sure your halo’s not on to tight. find somewhere to volunteer. start a journal. listen to john coltrane’s record “a love supreme.’ try not eating meat for a day. write your grandparents a letter. find a cause. believe in it. fight for it. live for it. share the knowledge. tell her how you really feel. learn something new about yourself. take a chance. realize you are only human. you are going to fail. realize that life doesn’t always work out the way you thought. life is tough, life can be a challenge, life hurts. but it gets better, learn from your failure, learn and apply/ succeed. life has a way of working itself out. life can be an accomplishment. life is good... life is good.
-estaban

26 comments:

Marsha said...

Thats a long list. It's a good list.

Doc Vic said...

Wonderful writing and thought provoking, you just gain another royal reader

alonsa said...

So many things on that list I could apply to myself...a few I have...did you make this list yourself?

MH said...

Words to live by, as always. I'm thinking first though, I have to manage to complete this AP-Calc entrance packet. Because otherwise I'm going nowhere.

Anonymous said...

wow... thats amazing. i love it. i love how you think.

Kaila

Patrick said...

that was great, every single part of it.

Laura said...
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Laura said...

spend a day focusing on someone other than yourself. read the news. eduacate yourself. get in the car and go. write down your prayer to God. look for the beauty in your back yard. see God working in you.

Why do we deny ourselves the pleasure of living life?

alayna said...

yes yes.. definite words to live by.. very inspiring.. (: thank you for posting that.

<3

kim* said...

The most incredible thing I've read in a long, long time. It's so sad when we forget about the small things in life, but so great when we stop to realize the beauty of it all.

katie said...

I have a similar list of. . . goals? aspirations? ways to better myself. these lists have a way of growing to monstrous lengths

sakana said...

you always make me remember life is worth living, stephen. these of your words made me cry in front of the PC screen, actually. some of them i've nearly forgotten, some i've nearly lost, some i'm trying to continue, which makes me feel alive indeed, and some of them, especially "call your family, yes all of them." are things i want but hesitate.
you gave me a lot of inspirations and unforgetable words again. thank you, stephen.
-megumi

elizabeth said...

mmm... life IS good. but, i don't know. god seems so far away these days...
still, it was a nice list.

myrealnameis christina said...

i read all of it. im sure you said start a journal twice. but thats probably cuz you really really want to start one. and who's estaban?

Anonymous said...

i think that is some of the best advice i have EVER gotten...oh how i love you stephen christian...

Anonymous said...

If I could only be your better half...

brittany said...

you made me just relize the little things i need to focus on that make such a big difference in ones life. good luck to you.

Anonymous said...

Did someone say Halo? The Airwolf awaits.

Kannafoot said...

Solid advice. There's something there for everyone.

k said...

Thanks.

georgie B said...

Words of an artist... No wonder your music is so good.

Alice said...

So I realize I am coming across this a bit late, but I love it. So many great ideas. Ideas to expand upon to create my own list.

Keep doing what you're doing. I have been enjoying your music, your writing, everything, a great deal lately. In three weeks New York will see you once again and I'll be right there.

'til then, be safe and smile.

laurafee said...

you inspire me Stephen...

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Lianne said...

I keep going back at this post, I think it's among the very best and most inspiring things you wrote in your blog through the years - I printed it, it's on the wall.

It makes me smile every single time I read it, it reminds me of how good life can be in all it's beautiful details, it encourages me to set new (small, daily, but nonetheless!) goals and go for it. God is good, and yes, life is good - life is good. Thank you for writing it!

Fenix said...

I normally wouldn't comment on a post that has been up for so long it probably hasn't been read in a year, but i was just skimming through and this caught my attention. This list is one of the most profound things I've read in a long time. get out and do.