December 25, 2016 § 2 Comments

“In the 1991 movie City Slickers, Jack Palance gives Billy Crystal some profoundly simple advice. When Crystal asks him the secret of life, Palance holds up a forefinger, answers with a single word: “One.”

Choose one thing. Do it to the best of your ability. Let it go. Pick something else. Repeat endlessly.

How sad that so much of our lives is spent looking back over our shoulders or gazing far ahead instead of wringing full benefit from the only thing we truly own: Now. This moment. None other.

There is no other.

How tragic, therefore, not to fulfill its unique promise before it passes from us forever.

How much of our regret comes from wasting so many of our moments wanting something better, something different, something other than what we have at the moment we have it.” ― Lionel Fisher, Celebrating Time Alone: Stories Of Splendid Solitude



“The things one experiences alone with oneself are very much stronger and purer.” Eugene Delacroix



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“The mind is sharper and keener in seclusion and uninterrupted solitude. No big laboratory is needed in which to think. Originality thrives in seclusion free of outside influences beating upon us to cripple the creative mind. Be alone, that is the secret of invention; be alone, that is when ideas are born. That is why many of the earthly miracles have had their genesis in humble surroundings.” ~ Nikola Tesla



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“The more powerful and original a mind, the more it will incline towards the religion of solitude.” ~ Aldous Huxley




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“When was the last time someone was so overjoyed to see you, so brimming with love and affection that they literally ran to greet you? A dog will do that for you–ten, twenty, thirty times a day.” ― Lionel Fisher



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“Now that you’re old, cut yourself some slack, would you?

Let yourself off the hook.

Give yourself a break.

You don’t have to do it all anymore. Take it easy for a change.

It’s OK with the rest of the world. So why not you?

For the first time in your life, do what you want.

Not what everyone else thinks you should.

Not what you think everyone else thinks you should.

Do what you want.

Excuse yourself. Say no. Back out. Beg off. Stay home. Take a rain check. Take a nap. Watch the ball game on TV.

Anything but what you’d rather not do but feel you have to for everyone else’s sake but your own. And then feel bad about having done it. That’s plain wrong.

And ask for some help when you need it: ‘It’s too heavy.’ ‘It’s too far.’ Too near. Too cold. Too hot. Too bright. Too dark.


It’s OK because there’s always going to be something you need help with anymore.

And be grateful for the helping hand. You’ll find more and more people extend one to you these days. Whatever the reason for accepting you’ve got the best excuse in the world. The only one you’ll ever need:

‘Hey, I’m old.”
Lionel Fisher, Celebrating Time Alone: Stories Of Splendid Solitude








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