Wednesday, June 19, 2013

I want to be thoroughly used up.

This is the true joy in life, being recognized by yourself as a mighty one, being a force of nature instead of a feverish clod of ailments and grievances, complaining that the world will not devote itself to making you happy. I am of the opinion that my life belongs to the whole community and as long as I live it is my privilege to do for it whatever I can. I want to be thoroughly used up when I die, for the harder I work, the more I live. I rejoice in life for it’s own sake; Life is no brief candle to me, it is a sort of splendid torch which I’ve got to hold up for a moment. I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before handing it on to future generations.

~George Bernard Shaw

The link came from Nipunbhai's email whose last line read this : 
A full week, and an empty wallet.  What a perfect way to return.  Reminded me of a George Bernard Shaw quote -- "I want to be thoroughly used up."