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ckbymommy
06-15-2007, 07:31 AM
OK, so I'm not sure if it is *really* National Friendship and Family Week, but the reminder below is good all the time :wink: .....

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 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 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 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 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!'


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bbhartley
06-15-2007, 07:45 AM
I should post this on my computer and read it everyday! Friends and family are most important, and we need to put our priorities in order, not only for our friends and family but for those who need our help. Thanks for sharing this Melanie! Have a great day.

twirlyjoy
06-15-2007, 07:55 AM
too true

Helen
06-15-2007, 07:56 AM
Thanks Melanie! I've saved this so I can read it - even when I'm not on the computer. This is beautiful! Thank you!

Debra
06-15-2007, 09:28 AM
I love this.. thanks for sharing it Melanie!

bdjeepers
06-15-2007, 06:24 PM
Everything you said is so true. Now that I'm retired and DH almost is, (he works at home, but we have lots more freedom with what he does) we can live a slower life and appreciate things at a better pace. I have changed some old habits, too. I no longer save my best clothes for special occasions necessarily. I've only worn pantyhose once in nearly 5 years! I live in shorts, a T-shirt, and sandals. I polish my toenails. I eat anything I want, but in moderation. DH isn't so lucky - he's diabetic and has to watch his blood pressure, but there are lots of yummy things to eat nowadays anyway, and I cook because I want to. I don't care much for restaurants. I sit on the porch and watch the dragonflies and butterflies, and the birds building a nest in the jasmine vines in the spring. I watch the babies learn how to fly from their parents, and I coddle my flower gardens. I read between 3 and 5 books a week, and I make my scrapbooks because I love doing it. I shop on the internet and let someone else at the store worry about packaging and mailing. Life's too short not to do the things you love, preferably with someone you love. Whether it is a spouse or companion, a friend or a relative, sharing a life is a precious and rewarding thing.

Xaria
06-15-2007, 07:43 PM
That final line really got to me, so I scrapped it...
Life may not be a party (http://www.godigitalscrapbooking.com/photopost/showphoto.php?photo=6353&cat=500&ppuser=244)

I am getting a lot better at putting my priorities straight. Sometimes you just have to have some me time and let the house work accumulate.

wildstorm
06-16-2007, 12:35 AM
I have been living a life of "life is too short for tomorrow" for the pass ten years. And all it took was going to visit a brother I hadnt seen for a few years and not bring able to find him told my four kids that we would see Uncle Jeff next time we went to Mareeba (5 hours drive away) Well I never got that chance as he died of heart failure 3 months later aged 38. That was ten years ago. So when my twin was in hospital I went and saw him, after he came out I wanted photos and he didnt look the best with his face still half swollen and said maybe next time your up (4 hour drive) I said no we will do some now and then some when I come up again, 10 weeks later he was also dead from heart failure aged 43. That was almost 7 years ago. I have those beautiful photos of my twin and I and I look at them each day and thank my brother Jeff for showing me you dont always get a "TOMORROW". I love, live and enjoy each day. This is my tormorrw.

ckbymommy
06-16-2007, 07:33 AM
That final line really got to me, so I scrapped it...
Life may not be a party (http://www.godigitalscrapbooking.com/photopost/showphoto.php?photo=6353&cat=500&ppuser=244)

I am getting a lot better at putting my priorities straight. Sometimes you just have to have some me time and let the house work accumulate.


what a great LO!!

I just want to qualify this thread - I didn't write all that, it was a forward that a friend emailed me and just had to share with all of you!! Have a wonderful weekend everyone!!