The divine wisdom of Bill Murray

You MUST read the interview with actor Bill Murray in yesterday's New York Times! He combines his legendary deadpan humour with a disarming level of wisdom and humility. Here are some extracts:

The more relaxed you are, the better you are at everything
"The more relaxed you are, the better you are at everything: the better you are with your loved ones, the better you are with your enemies, the better you are at your job, the better you are with yourself."

It pays to look after each other
"It pays off in your life when you’re in an elevator and people are uncomfortable. You can just say, 'That’s a beautiful scarf.' It’s just thinking about making someone else feel comfortable. You don’t worry about yourself, because we’re vibrating together. If I can make yours just a little bit groovier, it’ll affect me. It comes back, somehow."

When you feel like you are stuck, look after someone else
"Well, who hasn’t woken up thinking, 'God, nothing good has come to me in a while', right? When I feel like I’m stuck, I do something — not like I’m Mother Teresa or anything, but there’s someone that’s forgotten about in your life, all the time. Someone that could use an 'Attaboy' or a 'How you doin’ out there.' It’s that sort of scene, that remembering that we die alone. We’re born alone. We do need each other. It’s lonely to really effectively live your life, and anyone you can get help from or give help to, that’s part of your obligation."

We hope that we will witness the things that happen to us
"That’s the only thing we really, surely have, is hope. You hope that you can be alive, that things will happen to you that you’ll actually witness, that you’ll participate in. Rather than life just rolling over you, and you wake up and it’s Thursday, and what happened to Monday? Whatever the best part of my life has been, has been as a result of that remembering."

Click here for the whole interview, you won't be sorry for taking the time to read it, I promise.

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