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Inspirational Quotes: Terms of Use (OR Alternatives to Lack of Imagination) by Misha Lyuve

Nov 8, 2011

There was a time when inspirational quotes were refreshing and maybe even inspiring. But as one would get tired of eating even their most favorite dish daily, my dear social media junkies, I admit: when I see another inspirational quote, I’m close to experiencing nausea.

So here are a few thoughts

If an inspirational quote you read has in fact moved you to do something useful, or at least changed your view of life or enhanced your experience – please do share about that. After all Ghandis and Marin Luther Kings of the world didn’t specialize in producing easy-to-post-on-facebook inspiring quotations – those people lived some amazing lives: mostly because they did amazing things, not talked about them using someone else’s words.

If you indeed have a burning desire to share an opinion about a topic and you’re worried that you lack eloquence of a 19th century poet or whomever else you admire – give yourself a chance: if you were able to appreciate someone else’s words, with some effort you are likely to be able to come up with something decent that is yours. And even if you fail, at least you will get to practice.

If while reading, you bump into a sentence or a paragraph that expresses something about something in a way you can never say and it is dying to be shared – then just do so!

If all above fails, there is always an option of reposting quotes of others.

In the end, this is really not about the quotes. It is about trivializing life and devaluating wisdom. (Feel free to quote this).

Bury Me on Facebook by Misha Lyuve

Sep 17, 2011
In fond memories of Heather Vaughn and Richard Bowen. I am sure they are having a laugh with us

Unlike previous generations, after our death there will remain something beyond life-long accumulated clutter – our Facebook pages. They will be left for historians and biographers to assemble chronology of our life events, explain our ever changing tastes (and haircuts) and interpret motives behind our actions. And maybe more…

Two of my good acquaintances passed in the last two month. Their facebook pages turned into memorials and celebration of their lives, which made me realize: social media has not only conquered our lives, but even deaths now. Amen. However…

Looking at the comments left at these two pages, where memories became alive and pictures precious and gratitude astounding, grieving became more than just a lonely introverted individual experience, but a phenomenon where a community as a whole got a chance to express its love, respect and sadness.

And what I was left with is that underneath the hustle and bustle of our daily routine there is a stream of love. And more importantly, the expression of it is bursting with a desire to get out – it begs a question: why is the opening for that expression waiting for someone to die? Why don’t we rush and be an abundant expression of love, gratitude and admiration to the alive now?

Now a few words of wisdom. Remember those times, when you thought no one loves you, etc, and you imagine your own funeral? – that’s past. Now you can imagine your Facebook page full of lovely teary messages making up for the past lack of comments to your status updates and “likes” of your pictures. Also watch out what you’re posting – the delete function might not work from the other side.