Thursday, January 29, 2009

Put It Off or Seize the Moment?

This came from an e-mail. I have no idea who started it.
I edited a few words out and added two lines at the end.
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 women 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."
She died a few years ago. We never did have lunch together.
Because Americans 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 little Jenna 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 ourselves 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 roller blades
and skip an elevator for a bungee cord.
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?
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!
And I add that while our loved ones have this day,
this hour, this minute, let's appreciate them.
WE need to give to them,
even if they won't remember what we did.

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