Laugh hard, run fast, be kind

I am not a lifetime fan of Doctor Who — Matt Smith was chasing dinosaurs on a spaceship when it finally clicked — but of all the moments I have experienced in my limited experience, my favorite moment is Peter Capaldi’s last moments as the 12th doctor.

“Never be cruel, never be cowardly, and never ever eat pears! Remember, hate is always foolish and love is always wise …

“Laugh hard. Run fast. Be kind.”

What a wonderful set of last words. What a wonderful way to live. Well, except that I really like pears.

It may not be easy for me. Red is still in the hospital and fighting to live — although she is better than she was a month ago. I have become a septuagenarian and running can be a bit of a challenge.

But I can laugh hard sometimes, I can be kind almost always, and I can run fast if I really have to — at least for a few seconds.

So let my goal for the coming weeks and months be to laugh hard, run fast, and be kind above all. (“How hard could it be?”)

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I think for breakfast I’ll have that can of pears from the pantry.

Published by WarrenBluhm

Wordsmith and podcaster, Warren is a reporter, editor and storyteller who lives near the shores of Green Bay with his wife, two golden retrievers, Dejah and Summer, and Blackberry, an insistent cat. Author of It's Going to Be All Right, Echoes of Freedom Past, Full, Refuse to be Afraid, Gladness is Infectious, 24 flashes, How to Play a Blue Guitar, Myke Phoenix: The Complete Novelettes, A Bridge at Crossroads, The Imaginary Bomb, A Scream of Consciousness, and The Imaginary Revolution.

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