Let us “use ourselves up” before we die.

Imagine what would happen if each of us did that? Rather than holding ourselves back in fear, we simply attune to the love that knows no end — and let ‘er rip through the universe? Imagine the energy released —  far greater than a million nuclear bombs! Indeed, our penchant for building weapons to blow things up — might this be simply the perverted use of our innate intense creativity? As one magnificent black woman exclaimed, way back during the so-called “energy crisis” of the early ’80s (remember that?), while forcefully thumping her chest: 

“The energy crisis . . . is IN US!”

This morning, a text message from friend Ted, with a photo that he took somewhere in Wisconsin.  It’s a quote from George Bernard Shaw, found in someone’s wallet. 

Ted, texting:  “You came to mind immediately when I discovered the Shaw quote.”

Thanks! I do want to “thoroughly use myself up” before I die — and then simply let go.

Actually, dear Ted, the quote reminds me of you!

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In large letters:

“I am of the opinion that my life belongs to the whole community and so long as I live, it is my privilege to do for it whatever I can. I want to be thoroughly used up when I die, for the harder I work the more I live. I rejoice in life for its own sake. Life is no ‘brief candle’ for men. It is a sort of splendid torch which I have got hold of for a moment and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before handing it on to future generations.”


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