Thursday, January 1, 2009

New Year: Get busy living, or get busy dying



For those of you who follow me on Twitter or who are Facebook friends, you are probably aware I've had a hard time with this transition from 2008 to 2009.

I need to stop listening to those who bash '08.. yes, the market was lousy, job security took a hit. But we elected the first Black man as U.S. President, a man who presents us with hope, challenges and opportunities. And all is well in my world, really.

Some of the heaviness I have to slough off comes from working in an Old Media world and being excited and driven by New Media sentiments. I come from a long line of employees and I find myself wanting to be more and more entrepreneurial. As life changes, I need to keep that excitement alive.

My friend Lisa reminded me today of this beautiful movie ending... these final lines from The Shawshank Redemption.

"I find I'm so excited, I can barely sit still or hold a thought in my head. I think it's the excitement only a free man can feel, a free man at the start of a long journey whose conclusion is uncertain. I hope I can make it across the border. I hope to see my friend, and shake his hand. I hope the Pacific is as blue as it has been in my dreams. I hope. "


'Get busy living, or get busy dying. That's goddamn right.'

Yes. That's goddamn right.

Robin, Tempe, Arizona

7 comments:

Dr. Coop said...

WhooHoo! Damn Skippy! lol.

Judy said...

My friend,
my life is so much brighter because you're in it!

You're busting out at the seams, and shining light on all of us in the process!
thanks for always leaning into freedom!

Rosemary Harris said...

This is a great sentiment to start the new year with. And I love this movie...as soon as you posted this on my blog I knew it was from Shawshank. BTW I'm pretty sure I've been to that beach at the end of the movie - I think it's Barra de Potosi, outside of Zihuatenajo.
Cheers!

PerfectMomentProject said...

nice. thanks for the note. nice memory of the beach... I bet the sea is blue.

Lori said...

This post lifts my heart. It's full of freedom and promise and practical optimism.

I hope you'll post the link on myh blog on Monday. I so enjoy sharing Good Things with you and seeing them through your eyes.

Martha said...

I love this movie, the quote, and the character. Thank you for sharing your Perfect Moment, I appreciate it.

review work at home jobs said...

Thanks so much for this..I loved the movie as well. Life is great!

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