Life is short… I have very, very conflicting reactions to this concept. I had a recent experience that really brought home the reality that life is short, and fragile and precious. And while on the one hand I have a new appreciation for being patient, extending peace to others, recognizing that mistakes happen and not to be judgmental because life is too short for dwelling on that, on the other hand life is too short for me to expend my patience, time and energy on people who just want to waste my time. For instance, I'm not going to waste a lot of my compassion and energy on, say, drunk drivers and wife-beaters, or people who tell me "can't" and "don't even try" – I just want those people to get out of my way because life is too short to have those people keep me from searching for joy and beauty in the world around me. I guess that means that I still will make certain judgments about people, and hope to heck that I get it right. And I'm also contemplating #2 in Larinda's list: 2: Don't take anything personally. Nothing others do is because of you. When you are immune to others opinions you are no longer the victim of needless suffering. I truly do understand how this can protect people from pain, but I also see times when it can prevent a person from being grateful and inspired. Again, a recent experience showed me that there are people in this world who DO undertake actions – selfless actions - because of their good opinions of particular people, including me. For me, if I'm not immune to the immense gratitude that inspired in me, I just don’t see how I can also be immune to the hurt that comes from poor opinions of me. I truly wish I knew how to split those apart so that I could absorb the good and shed the bad.