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A Haiku - Living

Updated on August 6, 2014

Haiku On Living

Is this life "total,"

All we get, one shot. win, lose?

I think not. We'll see.


Either way resolve:

Fill life full, right to the brim.

What comes....comes later.


Future ball player, college professor, chef?  Choices will decide his life's memories.
Future ball player, college professor, chef? Choices will decide his life's memories. | Source
As life draws to a close, what is next?
As life draws to a close, what is next? | Source
Is there more than "dust to dust"?
Is there more than "dust to dust"? | Source

Commentary:

Reincarnation? Resurrection? Immortality? Death the end?

Religions resolve these questions in very different ways, so that each of these outcomes is "on the table," so to speak.

While each has its own believers, where does that leave the uncommitted?

A pragmatic approach will say "bet based on the cards that show."

All we know for sure is that we live now.

Life expectancy may not apply to us. Long life genes only give hope of a long life.

We can't pound a nail with an imaginary hammer.

Live life as it unfolds, one choice at a time, full effort, clear eyed, seizing the opportunities for a full life that makes a difference.

If immortality is a goal, make this life one that lives on....at least in memory.


Copyright 2014 Demas W. Jasper All rights reserved.

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      Scarface1300 2 years ago

      This is a lovely piece. The Haiku is wonderful and insightful. Words of wisdom

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      Demas W Jasper 2 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      Wow! You tapped the limericks and then the mortality haiku and commentary. Talk about "balance"!

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      win-winresources 2 years ago from Colorado

      Hello DWJ-

      Life certainly comes full circle. None of us is exempt. The Torah tells us that we (man) are like grass, and flourish and wither in a day. Indeed, make the most of your day.

      -DW

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      Demas W Jasper 2 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      Ahhh, one of my favorite quotes from the Toah: "The test of a man's life is not his theology, but his life." Blessings, win-winresources.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      I love this. I attempt to live one day at a time, not always true in the past. Living and learning is life. Thank you..

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 2 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      There is nothing better for us to do while we are here but to live and enjoy life to the fullest otherwise our life would be for nothing. We were meant to live each day as our last.

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      Demas W Jasper 2 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      As Manolie says: "If I am doing all the good I am capable of, I will have no time to do anything else."

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      Deb Hirt 2 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      We must live life in the best way that we know how and the chips will val where they may...

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      Demas W Jasper 2 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      aviannovice - That is the promise we already have. The chips are more likely to fall favorably when we do as you describe. Thanks for the comment.

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