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In My Absinthe, Ahem, Absence.

January 10, 2011

You might have wondered: Where in the world is Carmen SanDiego NashvilleBen!? Well, here’s the answer… EUROPE!

I’m sorry you haven’t heard from me lately, but I have been on somewhat of a writing sabbatical. I have taken some time to think, to wonder, to do nothing. Except observe. Look. Watch. Listen. Taste. And try and take as much in that I could during my travels in Europe over the past 14 days. But the time was very much needed. After my December, the past two weeks couldn’t have come at a better time.

But, I’m back now. And man does it feel good. It feels right. And I can’t remember a time when I’ve been as focused, as driven, as happy. I’ll be doing a lot more writing in the very near future. But until then, I thought I would supply you with the same random thoughts/quotes passing through my own head. Enjoy, if you will!

“Life, an age to the miserable, and a moment to the happy.” -Francis Bacon

“It isn’t what you have, or who you are, or where you are, or what you are doing that makes you happy or unhappy. It is what you think about.” -Dale Carnegie

“It is not hard to live through a day, if you can live through a moment. What creates despair is the imagination, which pretends there is a future, and insists on predicting millions of moments, thousands of days, and so drains you that you cannot live the moment at hand. ” -André Dubus

“Happiness comes of the capacity to feel deeply, to enjoy simply, to think freely, to risk life, to be needed.” -Storm Jameson

“It is not the burdens of everyday that drive men mad. It is the regret of yesterday and the fear of tomorrow. Regret and fear are twin thieves that rob us of today.”

“Time is the coin of your life. It is the only coin you have, and only you can determine how it will be spent. Be careful lest you let other people spend it for you.” -Carl Sandburg

“Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing.” -Helen Keller

“So many people walk around with a meaningless life. They seem half-asleep, even when they’re busy doing things they think are important. This is because they’re chasing the wrong things. The way you get meaning into your life is to devote yourself to loving others, devote yourself to your community around you, and devote yourself to creating something that gives you purpose and meaning.” -Morrie Schwartz, in “Tuesdays with Morrie” by Mitch Albom

“Life is full of beauty. Notice it. Notice the bumble bee, the small child, and the smiling faces. Smell the rain, and feel the wind. Live your life to the fullest potential, and fight for your dreams.” -Ashley Smith

“The higher you reach, The further the sky
The more miles you walk, The longer the road
The steeper you climb, The harder you stand to fall
The stronger you get, The heavier the load
The bigger the dream, The rougher the ride
The truer the love, The deeper the ache
The blinder the faith, The tougher the go.” -Gabe Dixon Band

“You can’t really know just how much you love something,
Until you’ve been told you can’t.” –Yours Truly

“Don’t underestimate the value of Doing Nothing, of just going along, listening to all the things you can’t hear, and not bothering.” -Winnie the Pooh

There comes a moment in your life when you realize. That you can see with more than just your eyes. That you can see through your experiences. Through your heart. And that’s what will turn the world upside down. Making it capable to go anywhere. To do anything. But more importantly, to be just who you are right where you are.

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  1. January 11, 2011 1:14 am

    Great! I really like the last paragraph of this post. Maybe that time will come to everyone. I’m waiting and hoping for it. Thanks for a very inspiring post, Ben.

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