Thursday, August 19, 2010

What is real?

Barb over at Bejeweled Quilts by Barb has asked the question: What is Real? I thought I'd share my comment to her:

"What is real?

That's a pretty deep philosophical question to ponder with coffee at 8:30 in the morning...

Is the question really what's 'real' - or what really matters?

To me, what really matters are people. And we are to interact with people (a.k.a. mankind) with acts of love and kindness and generosity, giving of ourselves and our possessions as we are able to make the world a better place for people.

And sometimes we need to graciously accept these acts of love when it is our time in need.

Love one another, as Christ loved us.

That's what's real."

What's real to you?


Robyn said...

I love the way you have put this.
..and I whole heartedly agree.
Thanks for your insight :-)

Jackie said...

So true! I think you do some of your best philosophical thinking over morning coffee!

Allie said...

This is my favorite "real" quote...from The Velveteen Rabbit.

"Real isn't how you are made," said the Skin Horse. "It's a thing that happens to you. When a child loves you for a long, long time, not just to play with, but Really loves you, then you become Real."

"Does it hurt?" asked the Rabbit.

"Sometimes," said the Skin Horse, for he was always truthful. "When you are Real you don't mind being hurt."

"Does it happen all at once, like being wound up," he asked, "or bit by bit?"

"It doesn't happen all at once," said the Skin Horse. "You become. It takes a long time. That's why it doesn't happen often to people who break easily, or have sharp edges, or who have to be carefully kept. Generally, by the time you are Real, most of your hair has been loved off, and your eyes drop out and you get all loose in the joints and very shabby. But these things don't matter at all, because once you are Real you can't be ugly, except to people who don't understand."

jacquie said...

well said.

Pearlin J said...

oh you've said it sooo well!

Barb said...

You are so right!! Thanks for that.

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