Sunday, April 18, 2010

160 - licking the ashtray

a passion
burns inside your heart,
pursue it,
for if you don't,
your cold ashes will
leave a taste in the mouths
of all you meet,
that no toothbrush will erase.

What can you say in 160 characters? (spaces included) Go see Monkey Man.

Have you ever met someone that has lost all the passion they once had? They played it safe and never really followed their passion, left that up to others...yeah...I don't want to be that person....

83 comments:

Jingle said...

Yes,
You are not that person and will never be, passion is your religion,
I like you because the timeless and endless passion shown in your posts, in your love for your family, and in your comments for thousands of hundreds of friends.

a winner!

Jingle said...

outstanding 160,
you actually told a complete story,
Excellent advice,
you have done it in artistic way...

Happy Sunday!
Enjoy Your Moment!

Jingle said...

nobody will be licking the ashtray after reading your post today,
since your words are heartfelt.
I won't let my passion pass without giving it its full respect and attention.

Greetings from Jingle,
You Are A Superstar!

Cinner said...

Brian, well said, just a vision of licking an ashtray is enough for me. I don't want to be that person either. Your posts are also so inspiring.Havea great day.

Bonnie, Original Art Studio said...

So true Brian. A lack of passion is palpable. Such a good reminder to keep inner fires ignited.

(Thanks for your comment about the cigar ... after first response, I realized my fears that I might offend certain sensibilities was correct. Oh well ... I am realizing my passion for the whimisical and irreverant does not translate well on a blog.)

Tom said...

it is easy to get in a rut and lose sight of your goals...life works out that way;
but that doesn't mean a person has to be totally devoid of all joy--that happens to many.

sakhii•• said...

i pity tht person..:)
nice way of expreesing d grief too!!

sheila said...

I know a person just like that. Its very very sad. A waste of the mental and physical.

The Turning Point said...

Wonderful 160.
Wisdom, direct and simply stated.
Hang with passionate friends, sure way to experience life.

Jim

sheri... said...

ouch...your 160 is a defining moment for me, brian, but i really want to thank YOU because you spoke these words into me weeks ago! i've been on blogger for more than a year now but used it to keep in touch with a good friend, a glorified email, if you will. but i found you one night whilst cruising the 'next blog' and i was hooked on your words, fascinated by your insight...adding your blog to my favorites, ravenous for your next post, heh heh! it was you who encouraged me to post (for more than my audience of one) a 55 with g-man, and now there is no going back!!
now, if i could only sleep at night again without thinking about my next entry :)
YOU, my dear, make more of an impact than you know and i am honored by your presence :) enjoy your sunday...

jinksy said...

Nothing more sad than burnout - for person or cigarette, I guess.

Jill said...

Being Harvey Milktoast leaves a GREAT DEAL of room for regret.

I don't want to be that person either.
Well said Brian.

Jess Mistress of Mischief said...

nice!

Prayer Girl said...

There have been many times in my life when the passion has been snuffed out by bad choices, wrong thinking, my alcoholism, etc.

There were also many times when the passion would overwhelm me.

Today, I pray that my passion be harnessed in a way to be of service to as many as possible. My passion springs from my spirituality - hence my prayers.

PG

Sh@KiR@ CK said...

WOW..very powerful 160.
I have only met people like that...
too many times, I always remind myself to take care of myself and my love ones that we do not become like that.
Like you, I do work with people from broken family and too often we do meet people like that. People who are not an asset to society. So sad.

EXCELLENT 160!
Well done,Brian.

hugs
shakira

Daniel said...

Licking the ashtray, pretty vivid and pretty nasty. A strong visual to go with your message. Live it.

Maha said...

I read it over and over again till I could taste those ashes in my own mouth. Really fascinating

Mama Wheaton said...

I think I've become that person, not sure yet what to do about it.

PattiKen said...

Hey, I got here before you had umpty-nine comments already! Woo hoo.

This person is a sad case. I'm betting the bitter taste of cold ashes is far worse for them on the inside than for those they meet. Yep, very sad.

Lorraine said...

and then there is the other side of the spectrum where one has lived one's passion so fiercely, they almost didn't make it...there's a balance, and dear Brian, it's not easy to achieve!always love what you write

Magpie said...

I have met those people and thought at one point I might become one of those people...glad I didn't. I don't know the words to say what I want to here...this one really makes the reader totally connect with your words. It's like kinetic is to movement and tactile is to touch...so is it tasty?? :)

TechnoBabe said...

Sometimes it is tough standing up to the "norm" but each of us must be true to who we are. Nice writing.

Kim A. said...

I don't want to be that person either. I live each day now, really live. Quietly sometimes, laughing out loud sometimes, but always knowing that this moment is the only one that matters.

♥namaste♥

LadyFi said...

A timely reminder to us all.

Me said...

I am, as always, stunned by your words...so few characters on the page are much (much!) more than the sum of their parts.

I often worry that I am (or will become) that person...

Pat said...

What can I say? You've done it again! Meaningful, concise, bam!

Monkey Man said...

You're really talking to me with this one. Great 160. Have a solid Sunday.

Vodka Logic said...

very true, very true... love it.

Zuzana said...

Very profound and so true.
I have pursued my passions, although it came to a great cost. And still does.
I hope you have a great Sunday dear Brian,
xo

Green-Eyed Momster said...

In a way, I've become that person. I still want to be a race car driver when I grow up but I fear it's too late for that now.

I think your passion shows through in your writing.

Great 160!

evalinn said...

That is so cool! Just last night, I was thinking I really have to put myself together and listen to my heart, and do something about my career! Thanks for inspiring me even more now. :-)

Yodood said...

Your apparent lack of tolerance for what you blanket with the label "lack of passion" belies your empathy for passions whose paths may exceed civilization's definition of sanity and seen it from the wilderness outside as frightened whistling in the dark or made to see it from the hidden, unthinkable inside of war and come home a shell shocked zombie time bomb whose passion is held in check with baling wire.

The Girl From Cherry Blossom Street said...

Is all that we see or seem
But a dream within a dream?

~Poe

Barbara said...

It all boils down to courage and choices doesn't it? And usually choices made early in life.

The Girl From Cherry Blossom Street said...

Succint. Unflagging 160!

And your post title is always interesting.

buffalodick said...

The no smoking in public places goes into effect on May 1, 2010 in Michigan..and are the bars and clubs worried!

Mighty M said...

Although I admit your title made me a little queasy, I'm glad I stuck around for the rest! :) I agree that we need to pursue what we love to do. Hope you had a wonderful weekend!

tori said...

oh man this hit a nerve with me. I was thinking the other day that I've never been a person who makes things happen in my life, that I usually take what I'm handed and leave it at that. Now I need to get up and grab hold my passion and do something with it.
you're awesome Brian!

Jingle said...

I posted my Sunday 160.
Thank you for the inspirations.
Happy Sunday!
You Are The Best!

william said...

very deep post today mate, cant say I have ever had trouble with passion, just finding it lol

Bridgette said...

Awesome story! I have felt like I have lost my passion because of all the downfall in my life, but slowly I am working on getting it back. Great story, like always! :)

An Open Heart said...

Kind of like 'standing outside the fire'......(a song I used to believe was my anthem).

Thanks for your eloquence!

S

and your comments.

foolish heart said...

Great 160! The title is an attention getter and the poem did not disappoint!

Joanna Jenkins said...

I don't want to be that person either.

Great 160 Brian.

Happy Sunday,
jj

Joanna Jenkins said...

I don't want to be that person either.

Great 160 Brian.

Happy Sunday,
jj

Tracy said...

Me either, Brian! Wise words and written down so beautifully as always.

Jingle said...

http://jingleyanqiu.wordpress.com/2010/04/18/follow-jingle-to-make-your-blog-twinkle-awards/

Good Afternoon:
A friend who is as fabulous as YOU deserve fabulous awards, agree?

It has been my GREATEST pleasure to
return love, make sure you get the happiness and satisfaction you deserve!

Enjoy Your Talent!

Goofball said...

how much coincidence that you start talking about ashes in this weekend?

Jingle said...

Thank You for the nomination, referring to celebrate blogger of March in Humor Writing, I am so so,
YOU try to encourage ME, I appreciate your kindness and golden heart!

Blessings fly your way!
Smiles!

Eva Gallant said...

Once again, I am hubled by your talent; your ability to express so much so clearly and with sow few words!

slommler said...

Nothing sadder than a person who laid aside their dreams. They are bitter and angry. Grab hold of them and run with all your might! I so agree with you Brian. Well said!
Thanks
Hugs
SueAnn

Katherine said...
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Katherine said...

Your words never disappoint Brian & your words often touch me but today they have touched a nerve, a truth about me & the person I am. I myself have dreams and aspirations to do certain things with my life but as yet have not 'bitten the bullet' so to speak & I am 40.
I really am my own worst enemy!
I have always feared that I wasn't good enough, clever enough & failure scares the bejeebas out of me. I don't want to be that person you write of in your 160... I am starting to rediscover my dying passion for words through the land of blogville after many, many years of it being lost & forgotten...but in here (cyber space) it feels safe...I cannot feel judgmental eyes upon me.
I am not bitter or angry .. I know it is my thinking that I have to change ... and as my mother has always said," you are never too old & it is never too late" and she is right!

Ronda Laveen said...

Me neither.

Cloudia said...

Aloha from Waikiki


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She Writes said...

Bitterness doesn't brush away easily... I liked this one, Brian!

The Lucy and Dick Show said...

By creating something every day, we'll not fall to that fate!

Jannie Funster said...

This freaking rocks!!!

Brian, you are a treasure to the universe -- but you already know that right? Nah, you're too humble and kind to agree with that - making you even the more awesome!!

xo

Me said...

Okay, so you inspired me (*again!*). I tried one too...my first 160 is up. :)

CottageGirl said...

I almost was that person ... but fate and luck stepped in and changed things around. Not only made an impact on me, but on our family as well.

Love your words, Brian!

Felicitas said...

Brilliant 160, Brian! And I think we might be on the same wavelength again.

gayle said...

I love that!! Wish I knew what mine is.

Jen said...

Sometimes it's hard to hang onto that passion...so many people try to beat it out of you...

I don't ever want to lose it, either.

The Retired One said...

It is so true, Brian...it is easy to blame life and its responsibilities and demands for not pursuing your dreams and passions, and then becoming bitter and unpalatable...like the taste of licking an ashtray.....
but you must find a way....
life is not life without passion and pursuing dreams....

mama-face said...

um yeah. that'd be my parents. I'm fighting to NOT turn into that kind of person. (of course, I do love my parents). It's a battle though- that's hard to describe.

Jingle said...

If you wish to nominate more people,
please feel free to do so.
The deadline is about 10 hours from
now.

10Q for everything.
Tell a joke to your kids before they go to bed, I assume they are sleeping now...they should be.
I am going to stay away from the computer for a minimum 6 hours.

Marla said...

Brian ~ This is brilliant!

Mr. Stupid said...

Wow. That's a great 160. Well said. I always enjoy hanging out with such people.

Have a good day Brian...:)

otin said...

Sometimes life gets in the way of our passions and we get bogged down. It is unfortunate, but sometimes our passions can't put food on the table.

Crystal Jigsaw said...

Excellent! This reminds me of my late father in law for some reason!!

CJ xx

mo.stoneskin said...

Perfect. Though I feel you underestimate the powers of Colgate.

järnebrand said...

I don't want to be that person either... It's a horrible thought ending up as the cold ashes in somebodys mouth...
Well done. /Jo.

Six Feet Under Blog said...

I know all about the passion thing. Im trying to ignore the naysayers and give into it-whether I suck at it or not!

Kitty Moore said...

Yes and that taste will be the bitter taste of regret. Wonderfully and succinctly put.

adam said...

The title made me wince with an "Eww!" lol Very well written post.

Unknown Mami said...

I LOVE THIS!!! I want this to be my mantra. This should be everyone's mantra.

Cabo said...

A Friggin Men.

suryagni said...

i too belong to your league- i believe in relishing life to the core.

i have only one life and i am not going to waste it by depriving myself unnecessarily. :)

secret agent woman said...

That is quite a sensory image!

Jingle said...

G-Man suggested on his comment to my post today (3rd time) to open a profile on blogger, thus I did one this morning, my major blog is still wordpress.com.

This is for YOUR information!
So it is common to get spam comments, no big deal. I am too
sensitive...I appreciate your kind feedback.

Enjoy An Excellent Evening!
xox

Hilary said...

So what you're saying is that when the passion is gone, all that's left is an ash hole? ;)

Jingle said...

Brian:

perfect job,
I saw your comment and marked you down as done, ;) ;) ;)
well, you make me love you more,
you are such an awesome friend and you inspire others so much!

keep up the excellence,
it is such a huge blessing to have you around Thursday Poets Rally,
I am blessed,
Tickled,
entertained....

xoxo

JML said...

I feel like I've been licking an ashtray all year. It's a dirty feeling and I'm definitely trying to make the necessary changes to get out of that trap!!!