streda, 15. augusta 2012

FAREWELL LETTER





Farewell letter

by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
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Gabriel Garcia Marquez - Major Latin-American author of novels and short stories, a central figure in the so-called magical realism movement in Latin American literature.
Winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature (1982) for his novels and short stories, in which the fantastic and the realistic are combined in a richly composed world of imagination, reflecting a continent's life and conflicts.
Worked as a foreign correspondent in Caracas, Rome, Geneva, Poland, Hungary, Paris, Barcelona, Mexico, India and New York City. His most successful novels include "One Hundred Years of Solitude" (1967), "Chronicle of a Death Foretold" (1981) and "Love in the Time of Cholera" (1985), which was made into the movie Love in the Time of Cholera (2007).
After learning that he suffered from lymphatic cancer in 1999, he wrote his autobiography "Vivir para contarla" ("Living to Tell the Tale", 2002).
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If God, for a second, forgot what I have become and granted me a
little bit more of life, I would use it to the best of my ability.

I wouldn't possibly, say everything that is in my mind, but I would
be more thoughtful of all I say.

I would give merit to things not for what they are worth, but for
what they mean to express.

I would sleep little, I would dream more, because I know that for
every minute that we close our eyes, we waste 60 seconds of light.

I would walk while others stop; I would awake while others sleep.

If God would give me a little bit more of life, I would dress in a
simple manner, I would place myself in front of the sun, leaving not
only my body, but my soul naked at its mercy.

To all men I would say how mistaken they are when they think that
they stop falling in love when they grow old, without knowing that
they grow old when they stop falling in love.

I would give wings to children, but I would leave it to them to learn how
to fly by themselves.

To old people I would say that death doesn't arrive when they grow old, but

with forgetfulness.

I have learned so much with you all, I have learned that everybody
wants to live on top of the mountain, without knowing that true
happiness is obtained in the journey taken & the form used to reach
the top of the hill.

I have learned that when a newborn baby holds, with its little hand,
his father's finger, it has trapped him for the rest of his life.

I have learned that a man has the right and obligation to look down
at another man, only when that man needs help to get up from the
ground.

Say always what you feel, not what you think. If I knew that today is
the last time that that I am going to see you asleep, I would hug you
with all my strength and I would pray to the Lord to let me be the
guardian angel of your soul.

If I knew that these are the last moments to see you, I would say
 "I love you".

There is always tomorrow, and life gives us another opportunity to do
things right, but in case I am wrong, and today is all that is left to
me, I would love to tell you how much I love you & that I will never
forget you.

Tomorrow is never guaranteed to anyone, young or old. Today could be
the last time to see your loved ones, which is why you mustn't wait;
do it today, in case tomorrow never arrives. I am sure you will be
sorry you wasted the opportunity today to give a smile, a hug, a kiss,
and that you were too busy to grant them their last wish.

Keep your loved ones near you; tell them in their ears and to their
faces how much you need them and love them. Love them and treat them
well; take your time to tell them "I am sorry";" forgive me"," please"
"thank you", and all those loving words you know.

Nobody will know you for your secret thought. Ask the Lord for wisdom and
strength to express them.

Show your friends and loved ones how important they are to you.


For you, With much love,
Your Friend,
Gabriel Garcia Marquez


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8 CommentsChronological   Reverse   Threaded

jashheifetz wrote on Mar 10, '09
He speaks from my heart and soul dear Viera.
But a lot of people think I am crazy
to have so much love and care inside me
but I never give up hope because of people like you and me,
love always,
Vartkes

viera7 wrote on Mar 10, '09
Never mind dear Vartkes,..."the world is not respectable: it is mortal,tormented, confused, deluded forever;

but it is shot through with beauty,
with love, with glints of courage and laughter;
and in these, the Spirit blooms."

Thanks for your visit and comment...Have a nice evening...

belita747 wrote on Mar 10, '09
Hi, Viera, my friend.... whenever I read Marquez (one of my favourite writers) I feel some 'frisson'... his writing is always so deep and so intense that nobody can be indifferent to the depth of his words... his emotions! Great post, Viera, as always!

jashheifetz wrote on Mar 10, '09
Hier encore
Pas Charles Aznavour?

jashheifetz wrote on Mar 10, '09
Oh here he is.............. Charles Aznavour...........he will be 85.
He has been appointed ambassor to Switzerland by the government of Armenia.

viera7 wrote on Mar 12, '09
belita747 said
his writing is always so deep and so intense
yes I agree with you...Gabriel García Márquez uses the technique of magical realism in his novels...to blend reality ..."el genio mas grande que ha tenido Colombia"...Have a nice day belita...thanks for visit...

viera7 wrote on Mar 12, '09
He has been appointed ambassor to Switzerland by the government of Armenia.
...it is not an easy task to know what is important for Armenia ... but he is the best person for it...Charles Aznavour is perhaps the best-known French music hall entertainer in the world .. Thanks for your comment Vartkes...

johnthebarman wrote on Mar 13, '09
Dakujem (thanks) for those inspirational words of Marquez. I'll return to them as I have twice returned to your Tatra mountains and the Emerald Lake and drinking Borovicka.
Na zdravie!

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