Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Words of Wisdom

I received this in an email message this morning, and it would be a good lesson for us all. We lost a good friend this week, as we do on many days lately. We are reaching the age,where that it is a given. One of our lifelong friends will appear in the obituary column on a regular basis. That is why we need to remind ourselves that each day, each hour, each minute, is special. Live for today, for tomorrow is promised to no-one.

A friend of mine opened his wife's underwear drawer and picked up a silk
 paper wrapped package:

 'This, - he said - isn't any ordinary package.'

 He unwrapped the box and stared at
 both the silk paper and the box.

 'She got this the first time we went to New York , 8 or 9 years ago. She
 has never put it on , was saving it for a special occasion.

 Well, I guess this is it.

 He got near the bed and placed the gift box next to the other clothing he
 was taking to the funeral house, his wife had just died.

 He turned to me and said: 'Never save something for a special occasion.

 Every day in your life is a special occasion'.

 I still think those words changed my life.

 Now I read more and clean less.

 I sit on the porch without worrying about anything.

 I spend more time with my family, and less at work.

 I understood that life should be a source of experience to be lived up to,
 not survived through.

 I no longer keep anything.

 I use crystal glasses every day...

 I'll wear new clothes to go to the supermarket, if I feel like it.

 I don't save my special perfume for special occasions, I use it whenever  I want to.

 T he words 'Someday....' and ' One Day...' are fading away from my  dictionary.
 If it's worth seeing, listening or doing, I want to see, listen or do it  now....

 I don't know what my friend's wife would have done if she knew she  wouldn't be there the next morning, this nobody can tell...

 I think she might have called her relatives and closest friends.

She might call old friends to make peace over past quarrels.

 I'd like to think she would go out for Chinese, her favorite food.

 It's these small things that I would regret not doing, if I knew my time had come..

Each day, each hour, each minute, is special.

 Live for today, for tomorrow is promised to no-one..

1 comment:

  1. Well said Sue, I too, hold to that, you never know when your life will change.
    Enjoy it while you got it!!!

    Nate & I are doing OK, he seems to be adjusting, me, not so much.