Sunday, 20 March 2016

Armenian News... A Topalian...

The official announcement from Echmiadzin 

of the passing away of Archbishop Gizirian
(in Armenian)
A film about the Archbishop that shows what a man of God he was:
(in English)

Reflections attributed to Steve Jobs on his deathbed
(appropriate for the sombre occasion from someone with an Armenian 
foster parent)

I have come to the pinnacle of success in business. In the eyes 
of others, my life has been the symbol of success. However, apart 
from work, I have little joy. Finally, my wealth is simply a fact to 
which I am accustomed. At this time, lying on the hospital bed and 
remembering all my life, I realize that all the accolades and riches 
of which I was once so proud, have become insignificant with my 
imminent death. In the dark, when I look at green lights, of the 
equipment for artificial respiration and feel the buzz of their mechanical 
sounds, I can feel the breath of my approaching death looming 
over me.

Only now do I understand that once you accumulate enough money 
for the rest of your life, you have to pursue objectives that are not 
related to wealth. It should be something more important: For example, 
stories of love, art, dreams of my childhood. No, stop pursuing wealth, 
it can only make a person into a twisted being, just like me.

God has made us one way, we can feel the love in the heart of each 
of us, and not illusions built by fame or money, like I made in my life, 
I cannot take them with me. I can only take with me the memories that 
were strengthened by love. This is the true wealth that will follow you; 
will accompany you, he will give strength and light to go ahead.

Love can travel thousands of miles and so life has no limits. Move to 
where you want to go. Strive to reach the goals you want to achieve. 
Everything is in your heart and in your hands.

What is the world's most expensive bed? The hospital bed. You, if you 
have money, you can hire someone to drive your car, but you cannot 
hire someone to take your illness that is killing you. Material things lost 
can be found. But one thing you can never find when you lose: life. 
Whatever stage of life where we are right now, at the end we will have 
to face the day when the curtain falls.

Please treasure your family love, love for your spouse, love for your 
friends. Treat everyone well and stay friendly with your neighbor.

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