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[Error: unknown template qotd] "Get busy living or get busy dying." ~Red from Shawshank Redemption.

I once used this quote in a discussion once whereupon it was taken and completely bastardized until it's original meaning was, apparently, lost in translation.

I view this quote to mean that even in the face of the toughest adversity, you can either rise above it (get busy living...) or simply lay down and admit defeat (...or get busy dying.) Either way, you can't remain in the twilit lands of indecision.

There was one point in my life that was very dark and depressing. I had been suicidal for a time and this quote helped bring clarity. Though there were times I wanted to hang up, cash in, check out... I said screw it. I'm stronger than that and stubborn as well. And when I repeated this quote like a personal mantra, it helped pull me through.

So yeah. We can get busy living, or we can get busy dying... but either way, we have to do one or the other.
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