Memento Vivere

Memento Vivere, quia Memento Mori

Remember to live, because Remember you die..

I, like a lot of people get reminiscent of the past, thinking of happy times spent with family when young and so on. Unlike some though, these memories are now somewhat tainted, while I had grown up with quaint pride and a certain amount of respect with my older sisters (siblings) accomplishments etc (now ‘Gone With The Wind’ lol). It’s quite sad how far we’ve grown apart; to a point of fragmentation in a family that is now lucky if they ‘speak at all’ to one another. Both parents have since passed away and thinking about how my Mother would see the situation, with any family ‘connection/bond’ lost: sadder still as the following Anne Frank quote, is a good description on how she felt about life where lies and petty grievances come into play. Interesting also that, as the youngest I still ‘feel connected’ with the good manners I was brought up with.

“How noble and good everyone could be if, every evening before falling asleep, they were to recall to their minds the events of the whole day and consider exactly what has been good and bad. Then, without realizing it you try to improve yourself at the start of each new day; of course, you achieve quite a lot in the course of time. Anyone can do this, it costs nothing and is certainly very helpful. Whoever doesn’t know it must learn and find by experience that: A quiet conscience makes one strong!Anne Frank

Now on to the ‘title’ of my post and reason for it… ‘Memento Vivere’, I first came across this with the other well-known quote ‘Memento Mori’ therefore deciding on the title and referring to both. This got me thinking of this fragmented family of mine, and how sad it is that they are willing to let things go unspoken, unresolved; far worse than you would a ‘good friend’, perhaps also for ‘all time’.  With my mother in mind, whom would never let the sun go down with even the slightest of arguments in ‘the air’.

Derived from the Latin imperative Memento Vivere, meaning “Remember to live” which was itself engendered by the admonition Memento Mori, meaning “Remember you die”.  Memento Mori: The medieval Latin theory and practice of reflection on mortality, especially as a means of considering the vanity of earthly life and the transient nature of all earthly goods and pursuits. It serves to remind us of our own mortality, of our mistakes and failures, of the inevitable transformation of life into death..  Therefore: Remember to live because Remember you die. As life is fleetingly short at best, so why not ‘stay true’? Values, sincerity and honesty still matter.

live laugh love Quote

‘Taking responsibility for one’s actions’ was a quote used by my Father, referring to ‘being an adult’ so very interesting indeed. Letting things go unresolved for decades is unhealthy, also not a good thing to ‘pass on’. Let’s face it, once someone starts  lies circulating, it perpetuates and grows into rumors and then something which becomes built upon throughout time and causing more destructive outcomes and a lot of pain ‘all round’. Surely not thinking of the consequences, it is then impossible to ‘break apart’, because not one of them will admit to having lied in the first place. Well, it leaves me speechless nonetheless that it is now a habit, passed on to the ‘offspring’ and further, who in turn take it and run with it, in whatever way they like. Being the youngest, as I’ve mentioned and with an only daughter (who is an Amazing person!)  I’m in one way saddened that my family being so incommunicable for her to have ‘known’ them.. (yes, past tense as I don’t see the situation ever changing) but I sadly must admit, it’s who I ‘remember them to be’ and not who they are anymore. Since I used to talk to them not all that long ago, and hearing all sides of different situations… it is ‘fathomless’ to me and tried not having an opinion on any of it was not that hard, until the cannons aimed at me! lol, suffice to quote my mother: ‘when you haven’t anything nice to say, say nothing at all’ will do me I guess! Generally, in today’s world we tend to spread out and live more isolated lifestyles but I miss the family connection.

As ‘strong’ as I’d like to think of myself I’m still sensitive by nature and just know that my parents would be affected deeply by the state of things now among ‘them all’. 😦  Having a marketing background etc, it’s all about resolving issues and seeking answers to a problem but I’m afraid this one escapes me.

Quotes:

“Those who plead their cause in the absence of an opponent can invent to their heart’s content, can pontificate without taking into account the opposite point of view and keep the best arguments for themselves, for aggressors are always quick to attack those who have no means of defense.
― Christine de PizanDer Sendbrief vom Liebesgott / The Letter of the God of Love

“A rumor is a social cancer: it is difficult to contain and it rots the brains of the masses. However, the real danger is that so many people find rumors enjoyable. That part causes the infection. And in such cases when a rumor is only partially made of truth, it is difficult to pinpoint exactly where the information may have gone wrong. It is passed on and on until some brave soul questions its validity; that brave soul refuses to bite the apple and let the apple eat him. Forced to start from scratch for the sake of purity and truth, that brave soul, figuratively speaking, fully amputates the information in order to protect his personal judgment. In other words, his ignorance is to be valued more than the lie believed to be true.”
― Criss JamiKillosophy

“Do not be deceived: bad company corrupts good morals.”
― AnonymousHoly Bible: King James Version

“God hath given you one face, and you make yourself another.”
― William ShakespeareHamlet

“The only thing more frustrating than slanderers is those foolish enough to listen to them.”
― Criss JamiKillosophy

“What man ever openly apologizes for slander? It is not so much a feeling of slander as it is that of a massive lie, a misdeed not only to the slandered but also to those manipulated in the process. He has made them all, every one, his enemies, thereupon he is so overwhelmed with guilt that he will deny it until his grave.”
― Criss JamiKillosophy

“It’s discouraging to think how many people are shocked by honesty and how few by deceit.”
― Noël CowardBlithe Spirit

“There is strong danger in a person who can create such powerful deceit they can no longer distinguish their own lies from the truth.”
― Julie EshbaughIvory and Bone

“If you can’t change your mind, you can’t change anything.”

― Orna RossAfter The Rising

“One who never anticipates deceit or expects duplicity, and yet is the first to recognize such things – is that not a sage indeed?”
― ConfuciusThe Analects

“Life is pleasant. Death is peaceful. It’s the transition that’s troublesome.”

Isaac Asimov

“As a well-spent day brings happy sleep, so a life well used brings happy death.”

Leonardo da Vinci

“The true genius shudders at incompleteness – and usually prefers silence to saying something which is not everything it should be”.

 ― Edgar Allan Poe

“… almost everything – all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure – these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.”

Steve Jobs

If….

If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you;
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
But make allowance for their doubting too:
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or, being lied about, don’t deal in lies,
Or being hated don’t give way to hating,
And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise;

If you can dream — and not make dreams your master;
If you can think — and not make thoughts your aim,
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
And treat those two impostors just the same:.
If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
And stoop and build ’em up with worn-out tools;

If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings,
And never breathe a word about your loss:
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the Will which says to them: “Hold on!”

If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
Or walk with Kings — nor lose the common touch,
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,
If all men count with you, but none too much:
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run,
Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it,
And which is more: you’ll be a Man, my son!

~ Rudyard Kipling

{nb: on ending, ‘or a woman, or a humane human’ 😉 }

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