“Get busy living or get busy dying”

By Mike Johnson in Abundance, Affirmation, Awareness, Learning, Life Purpose, Success on May 9th, 2014 / No Comments
This is a line from a great movie, The Shawshank Redemption”, adapted from a story written by Stephen King, into a screenplay written by Frank Darabont.  The line is uttered by one of the main characters as he contemplates life outside of prison.  The character has spent most of his adult life inside the walls of a prison for a false accusation.  As he secretly gets ready to make a great escape he utters to his friend “get busy living, or get busy dying”, and starts a new chapter in his life.  The movie ends with the simple phrase, “I hope.”
Art imitates life
The prison walls are a good symbol of our adult lives.  We are used to structure and discipline.  We go about our adult lives raising our families, going to work, and putting food on the dinner table.  We dedicate ourselves to doing our job as well as possible so that we can secure our financial future for our children. Then the time comes when we no longer have to be disciplined and can live life without structure.  We meander through the reminder of our working lives, struggling to keep hold of the last strands of discipline, like in prison.  When we retire, and all bonds are cut with prison life.  We need to survive on the outside.
Lessons to be learned
Without the structure of a daily routine, we may wander aimlessly through life, not knowing what to do with our retirement, or how to act as a senior citizen.  We have new freedoms, with time to explore, and fulfill our passions, but we fail to capitalize on the situation.  We slowly recede back into our homes, not participating in life, reducing our activities.  This is not the way to go abbot living your golden years.   You have worked too hard for too long, to waste the last few decades of your life doing nothing butwatching the world pass by your front window.   It is time to get going and enjoy the things that make you happy in life. Start living life and loving life.
Focus on your passions
We all have things we enjoyed during our life, but were unable to participate in due to time and money constraints.  Now, during your retirement you have both. There are many opportunities presented in life, and with the freedom that comes when you retire, you must experience as many of them as possible.   The character in the movie is given a chance to join his friend, but it means taking a big chance. In your life, you have a chance to enjoy your passions, do not make the decision to get busy dying, grab hold and get busy living.

This is a line from a great movie, The Shawshank Redemption”, adapted from a story written by Stephen King, into a screenplay written by Frank Darabont.  The line is uttered by one of the main characters as he contemplates life outside of prison.  The character has spent most of his adult life inside the walls of a prison for a false accusation.  As he secretly gets ready to make a great escape he utters to his friend “get busy living, or get busy dying”, and starts a new chapter in his life.  The movie ends with the simple phrase, “I hope.”
Art imitates life

The prison walls are a good symbol of our adult lives.  We are used to structure and discipline.  We go about our adult lives raising our families, going to work, and putting food on the dinner table.  We dedicate ourselves to doing our job as well as possible so that we can secure our financial future for our children. Then the time comes when we no longer have to be disciplined and can live life without structure.  We meander through the reminder of our working lives, struggling to keep hold of the last strands of discipline, like in prison.  When we retire, and all bonds are cut with prison life.  We need to survive on the outside.
Lessons to be learned

Without the structure of a daily routine, we may wander aimlessly through life, not knowing what to do with our retirement, or how to act as a senior citizen.  We have new freedoms, with time to explore, and fulfill our passions, but we fail to capitalize on the situation.  We slowly recede back into our homes, not participating in life, reducing our activities.  This is not the way to go abbot living your golden years.   You have worked too hard for too long, to waste the last few decades of your life doing nothing butwatching the world pass by your front window.   It is time to get going and enjoy the things that make you happy in life. Start living life and loving life.
Focus on your passions

We all have things we enjoyed during our life, but were unable to participate in due to time and money constraints.  Now, during your retirement you have both. There are many opportunities presented in life, and with the freedom that comes when you retire, you must experience as many of them as possible.   The character in the movie is given a chance to join his friend, but it means taking a big chance. In your life, you have a chance to enjoy your passions, do not make the decision to get busy dying, grab hold and get busy living.

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