Be Urgent

Express your love with
urgency. You may never
get another chance.

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  1. Dear Benjamin,

    Amen. Below is the a relevant quote from George Saunders, one which I recall I read to you a month or so ago. The quote has reminded me over and over of, among other things, the value of effusiveness and of not holding back.

    “You know that feeling at the end of the day, when the anxiety of that-which-I-must-do falls away and, for maybe the first time that day, you see, with some clarity, the people you love and the ways you have, during that day, slightly ignored them, turned away from them to get back to what you were doing, blurted out some mildly hurtful thing, projected, instead of the deep love you really feel, a surge of defensiveness or self-protection or suspicion? That moment when you think, Oh God, what have I done with this day? And what am I doing with my life? And how must I change to avoid catastrophic end-of-life regrets?

    I feel like that now: tired of the Me I’ve always been, tired of making the same mistakes, repetitively stumbling after the same small ego strokes, being caught in the same loops of anxiety and defensiveness. At the end of my life, I know I won’t be wishing I’d held more back, been less effusive, more often stood on ceremony, forgiven less, spent more days oblivious to the secret wishes and fears of the people around me.”

    I hope you live a full- and open-hearted life, dear Benjamin.

    Best wishes,
    Rob

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