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Wednesday, July 13, 2011



Too many people put off something that brings them joy just because they haven't thought about it, don't have it on their schedule, didn't know it was coming or are too rigid to depart from their routine.
I got to thinking one day about all those people on the Titanic who passed up dessert at dinner that fateful night in an effort to cut back. From then on, I've tried to be a little more flexible.

How many women out there will eat at home because their husband didn't suggest going out to dinner until after something had been thawed? Does the word 'refrigeration' mean nothing to you?
How often have your kids dropped in to talk and sat in silence while you watched 'Jeopardy' on television?

I cannot count the times I called my sister and said , 'How about going to lunch in a half hour?' She would gas up and stammer, 'I can't. I have clothes on the line. My hair is dirty. I wish I had known yesterday, I had a late breakfast, It looks like rain' And my personal favorite: 'It's Monday.' She died a few years ago. We never did have lunch together.

Because all of us cram so much into their lives, we tend to schedule our headaches.. We live on a sparse diet of promises we make to ourselves when all the conditions are perfect!

We'll go back and visit the grandparents when we get Steve toilet-trained. We'll entertain when we replace the living-room carpet. We'll go on a second honeymoon when we get two more kids out of college.

Life has a way of accelerating as we get older. The days get shorter, and the list of promises to our self gets longer. One morning, we awaken, and all we have to show for our lives is a litany of 'I'm going to,' 'I plan on,' and 'Someday, when things are settled down a bit.'

When anyone calls my 'seize the moment' friend, she is open to adventure and available for trips. She keeps an open mind on new ideas. Her enthusiasm for life is contagious. You talk with her for five minutes, and you're ready to trade your bad feet for a pair of Rollerblades and skip an elevator for a bungee cord.

My lips have not touched ice cream in 10 years. I love ice cream. It's just that I might as well apply it directly to my stomach with a spatula and eliminate the digestive process. The other day, I stopped the car and bought a triple-Decker. If my car had hit an iceberg on the way home, I would have died happy.

Now...go on and have a nice day. Do something you WANT to...not something on your SHOULD DO list. If you were going to die soon and had only one phone call you could make, who would you call and what would you say? And why are you waiting?

Make sure you read this to the end; you will understand why I sent this to you.

Have you ever watched kids playing on a merry go round or listened to the rain lapping on the ground? Ever followed a butterfly's erratic flight or gazed at the sun into the fading night? Do you run through each day on the fly? When you ask 'How are you?' Do you hear the reply?

When the day is done, do you lie in your bed with the next hundred chores running through your head? Ever told your child, 'We'll do it tomorrow.' And in your haste, not see his sorrow? Ever lost touch? Let a good friendship die? Just call to say 'Hi'?

When you worry and hurry through your day, it is like an unopened gift....Thrown away.... Life is not a race. Take it slower. Hear the music before the song is over.

'Life may not be the party we hoped for... but while we are here we might as well dance!'


♪♫♥ Charity Crafter ♪♫♥ said...

Hear Hear, I truly and wholeheartedly agree x well said x Leigh x

Lynda said...

I agree absolutely - it is so easy to take things in life for granted. Tell the people you love and care about how you feel about them and spend time together when you can. You never know what is round the corner and if you don't do it now tomorrow might be too late. I learnt this lesson the hard way when my brother died. But even i forget sometimes and get so wrapped up in chores and work a can't see what is most important.

Tanya said...

Oh I agree hun. It has taken me quite awhile to get to this realization though, hubby is getting there now. We all need to slow down. Take care :)

Gabbi said...

Such great words of wisdom. Thanks for the reminder to enjoy life. We all need that little reminder every now and then.

Glennis said...

Audrey, I really appreciate the time you have taken for this post - so inspirational. Thank you so much

Neelam said...

thannks for this inspirational is a reminder for all to njoy life nt jus live it

Kim Kelley said...

Love it! Thank you! And I agree...I have lost 2 people this year that meant a lot to me...the first was sudden and I always think back and ask myself did he know he was part of our family..that we cared about him?? he second passing we knew it was going to happen and we got to say goodbye..
So I am trying to live this way...and stop and get the ice cream! HUGS

Made by Mandy said...

I'm recovering from a second bout of depression in my life and determined not to ho through this again. When I had a breakdown 6 years ago I got rid of a lot of the baggage I was carrying but unfortunately there was still some left. I am 41 this year and do not want it anymore. I am changing my attitude to a lot of things and for the 1st time in my life making time for me.

The messages in your post are relevant to a lot of people, unfortunately it is too late for some people to change but I am proud of the changes I have made and I'm a lot happier as a result.

Thankyou for sharing Audrey and I hope your intermittent internet problems get sorted out soon.

Love Mandy xxx

LaJanette said...

Read this a few days ago and it is so true. Makes you stop and think about what is important in life!

Take care :0)

Jenn Borjeson said...

Audrey, this is just beautiful. Thank you. xo