I was reading the NZ herald today and there was an article asking several people, some probably well-known but not to me, except Tim Finn a musician. I personally thought, some interesting questions and some of the answers very profound.
Just thought I would share.
The first one I thought was a great answer was from a Cartoonist called Michael Leunig.
The question:- What does love mean to you?
The Answer :- Love is the natural spiritual quality that brings meaning, nourishment, understanding vitality and beauty. If we create something with love, devotion, adoration goodwill eagerness and mature innocence – a meal, a painting, a home, a speech, a relationship, a baby, a society, a bridge, a business, a footpath an antidote, an atmosphere or a simple garden shed – then that thing or that situation we create with love will be likely to work beautifully and be a joy to behold. Love is more than a passive feeling it is an active functional intelligent catalyst or impetus in the way things are going. It is also a mystery. As Mozart said: ‘Love, love, love, that is the soul of genius’.
Tim Finn – The musician the question to him was ‘What do you know about love?
His Answer – ‘That it means wanting someone else’s happiness more than your own. Everything else, so – called is all drama and confusion.
Nicky Pellegrino – Writer – The question to her was – You write about love all the time does your own life live up to the hype?
Her Answer – I hope I don’t write about it as if it’s some golden shining perfect thing. Life is complicated and messy, so is love. My husband and I have been together for 20 years. We fight, we misunderstand each other, he annoys me, I imagine I irritate him …. He is still the best person I know though.
A Hospice Nurse – Toni Hancock – The question to her was ‘ Do people have the same regrets when they are dying?’
Her Answer – They do really. It’s family. Spending time with family. Working too much. That’s especially the case for men. A lecturer told me once that when you have a diagnosis that you are going to die, its like layers peeling away. You start out well and with visitors and then slowly start saying goodbye. First it’s people you know quite well that you start not to see any more because youre getting sicker. Close friends’ visits stop because you are sicker again and eventually its only family members who are with you. It shows just how important family are.