— Frederick Buechner
‘As Philip Yancey wrote, Buechner “tries to reawaken the child in people: the one who naïvely trusts, who will at least go and look for the magic place, who is not ashamed of not knowing the answers because he is not expected to know the answers.”’
”One of Buechner’s often cited observations is that you find your vocation at the spot where your deep gladness meets the world’s deep need. ”
”Buechner’s vocation was to show a way to experience the fullness of life. Of death, he wrote, “What’s lost is nothing to what’s found, and all the death that ever was, set next to life, would scarcely fill a cup.”
— Bronnie Ware from ”Top Five Regrets of the Dying: A Life Transformed by the Dearly Departing.”
Top five regrets of the dying
- “I wish I’d had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me.”
- “I wish I hadn’t worked so hard.”
- “I wish I’d had the courage to express my feelings.”
- “I wish I had stayed in touch with my friends.”
- “I wish that I had let myself be happier.”
For most people, the Nothingness of Money strikes when the finish line is a few yards away. A terminal diagnosis is delivered. An appointment is made at a hospice center. A deathbed is prepared.
In this moment, a pursuit that once seemed all-consuming fades into the background. All that matters are the memories you have, the people you love, and the memories you can still make with them. The use of your finite time to squeeze out an extra dollar is laughable, as no one with a sound mind would expect that of you.
And finally, in this brief section of life, something profound happens.
The Nothingness of Money is truly understood.”
— Byeong-man Jo, 98 year old husband in documentary movie “My Love, Don’t Cross That River” 1 hour 15 minutes in
”… Come spring, the leaf sprouts.
Come summer, it grows big, soaking up the rain.
By autumn, the frost makes them fall, though.
People are no different.
We’re young, like sprouting leaves.
Then we bloom.
If we could stay in bloom forever, it’d be great but with age we begin to wither and then we fall.
And that’s the end. After the fall, there isn’t much else.”
— Alex Green
“… He said the best art reminds us that we are all living “on the rim of the well.”
— From Book “A Matter of Death and Life”