Sunday Inspiration: “A Real Life”


So here’s what I wanted to tell you today: get a life. A real life, not a manic pursuit of the next promotion, the bigger paycheck, the larger house. Do you think you’d care so very much about those things if you blew an aneurysm one afternoon, or found a lump in your breast? Get a life in which you notice the smell of salt water pushing itself on a breeze over Seaside Heights, a life in which you stop and watch how a red tailed hawk circles over the water gap or the way a baby scowls with concentration when she tries to pick up a Cheerio with her thumb and first finger. Get a life in which you are not alone. Find people you love, and who love you. And remember that love is not leisure, it is work… Remember that you are…still learning how to best treasure your connection to others. Pick up the phone. Send an e-mail. Write a letter.

Happy Easter — as well as Passover — to all of you.  I found this message by Anna Quindlen to be especially inspirational on these holy days.  Isn’t this the purpose of our lives, to get a life, a real life, in which we make and treasure deep connections to others?  May whichever faith you practice help you find your purpose and the joy that comes with it.



  1. Pam Reed on March 31, 2013 at 9:27 am

    this is so true – and something I’ve been doing for a couple years now! didn’t expect “get a life” when i began reading – and it sure hits home! Thank you Emilie – and Happy Easter to you and yours.

  2. Pat Pollock on March 31, 2013 at 9:30 am

    This sentiment is well worth sharing. Many thanks, and Happy Easter!

  3. Alva on April 1, 2013 at 12:57 am

    I really like this, Emilie. Happy Easter!

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