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Inspiration – You Start Dying Slowly

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Enjoy the images along with a reading of this moving poem by Pablo Neruda.

You start dying slowly ;
if you do not travel,
if you do not read,
If you do not listen to the sounds of life,
If you do not appreciate yourself.

You start dying slowly :
When you kill your self-esteem,
When you do not let others help you.

You start dying slowly ;
If you become a slave of your habits,
Walking everyday on the same paths…
If you do not change your routine,
If you do not wear different colours
Or you do not speak to those you don’t know.

You start dying slowly :
If you avoid to feel passion
And their turbulent emotions;
Those which make your eyes glisten
And your heart beat fast.

You start dying slowly :
If you do not risk what is safe for the uncertain
If you do not go after a dream
If you do not allow yourself
At least once in your lifetime
To run away from sensible advice

Don’t let yourself die slowly
Do not forget to be happy!

~ Pablo Neruda

34 comments on “Inspiration – You Start Dying Slowly

  1. Sharon Lawrence

    Thank you. I opened this as I was having a conversation.

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  2. Beautiful and true. Thank you, Val. πŸ™πŸ»πŸ’œ

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  3. Love this. Thank you Val πŸ˜ŠπŸ™πŸ»

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  4. A wonderful share. Thank you!

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  5. Life, that adventure of love. Great post dear lady, may it ever ask another step πŸ˜€β€οΈπŸ™πŸ½

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  6. Great reminders to live!

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  7. I really enjoy Neruda’s poetry and wisdom, Val. This is beautiful and relevant to our times. Thanks so much for sharing.

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  8. Beautiful and so very true.

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  9. AGREED! 100%!!

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  10. What a fabulous and inspiring poem! Thank you for sharing, Val. Sending you wishes of wellness and peace.

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  11. Such wonderful poetry! Thanks for sharing this. πŸ’–βœ¨πŸ’•

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  12. I had to copy this and save it into my computer to print out and hang on the wall. Loved it.

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  14. I love this poem! We actually live quite some slow deaths during our lifetime …

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