"In every moment, the quality of your life is on the line. In each, you are either fully alive or relatively dead."
So says a Dan Millman, who for all I know could be relatively alive for fully dead.
He's quoted by my normally sensible pal Suzanne, on Facebook.
"Oh, for heaven's sake," I commented. "Why do people say things like that? Doesn't Dan Millman, whoever he is, ever surf the Internet or watch the last third of a Sanford & Son episode?"
I can tease Suzanne because I too am more than capable of manic giddiness. Just last week I sent this bubbling bunch of babble to my best pal and my sister, and 20 minutes later thought: What was I thinking?
Fully alive is good for writing, but relatively dead is what an editor ought to be.