My dad sent this to me in an email a few weeks ago. I really enjoyed it and thought to share it with others, but then I held off. Seems appropriate to share now more than ever.

It is hard to wrap my mind around the scope of yesterday’s tragedy. I am not a parent yet so that blessing and bond is one I have yet to fully understand. I do however, understand the power of family, love and loss. Such violence, especially targeted at such innocence, is unfathomable.

When it comes to the impact of a child, it is unmeasurable. Their smile, their delicate innocence, their potential – they truly give so many a true purpose in their lives.

Continued heavy hearts and prayers go out to all parents, children and the immediate people impacted by the senseless tragedy in Connecticut.

With love,

A Message by George Carlin:

The paradox of our time in history is that we have taller buildings but shorter tempers, wider freeways, but narrower viewpoints. We spend more, but have less, we buy more, but enjoy less. We have bigger houses and smaller families, more conveniences, but less time. We have more degrees but less sense, more knowledge, but less judgment, more experts, yet more problems, more medicine, but less wellness.

We drink too much, smoke too much, spend too recklessly, laugh too little, drive too fast, get too angry, stay up too late, get up too tired, read too little, watch TV too much, and pray too seldom.

We have multiplied our possessions, but reduced our values. We talk too much, love too seldom, and hate too often.

We’ve learned how to make a living, but not a life. We’ve added years to life not life to years. We’ve been all the way to the moon and back, but have trouble crossing the street to meet a new neighbor. We conquered outer space but not inner space. We’ve done larger things, but not better things.

We’ve cleaned up the air, but polluted the soul. We’ve conquered the atom, but not our prejudice. We write more, but learn less. We plan more, but accomplish less. We’ve learned to rush, but not to wait. We build more computers to hold more information, to produce more copies than ever, but we communicate less and less.

These are the times of fast foods and slow digestion, big men and small character, steep profits and shallow relationships. These are the days of two incomes but more divorce, fancier houses, but broken homes. These are days of quick trips, disposable diapers, throwaway morality, one night stands, overweight bodies, and pills that do everything from cheer, to quiet, to kill. It is a time when there is much in the showroom window and nothing in the stockroom. A time when technology can bring this letter to you, and a time when you can choose either to share this insight, or to just hit delete…

Remember; spend some time with your loved ones, because they are not going to be around forever.

Remember, say a kind word to someone who looks up to you in awe, because that little person soon will grow up and leave your side.

Remember, to give a warm hug to the one next to you, because that is the only treasure you can give with your heart and it doesn’t cost a cent.

Remember, to say, ‘I love you’ to your partner and your loved ones, but most of all Mean It. A kiss and an embrace will mend hurt when it comes from deep inside of you.

Remember to hold hands and cherish the moment for someday that person will not be there again.

Give time to love, give time to speak! And give time to share the precious thoughts in your mind.


Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.

George Carlin

5 Comments on "Remember…"

  1. Joni says:

    A great piece, and so appropriate, thank you for posting it. On searching for the origin of the piece, it looks like George Carlin did not write it, but a man named Bob Morehead, who wrote it in 1990, then published in a book in 1995 called, “Words Aptly Spoken”.
    May God grant His peace and comfort to the families, and all involved in the incident in CT.

    • allimckee says:

      Hi Joni! Very interesting and THANK YOU for posting the correct information. I should have done my research / homework. Instead, as many, I trusted the “internet” ;-) .. but regardless, it is still a powerful note. Always best to have the right credits though. Your words are beautiful too, thank you. -Alli

  2. Leo says:

    Good morning

    You’re right there is no bigger love than that of your children & grand children


  3. Abbie says:

    His message was heartfelt. You have to continue with where you are right now. I think it’s just appropriate for you to share this with the online community.

  4. These words are so meanful. Our life nowadays are not the same like in a past…

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