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 just 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 them?
How often have your kids dropped in to talk to and then 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 stammer out an excuse like, “I can’t. I have clothes on the line.” or “My hair is dirty. I wish I had known yesterday, I had a late breakfast. or, It looks like rain.” My personal favourite: “But it is only Monday.” She died a few years ago. We never did have lunch together.
Because people 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 Grandma and Grandpa 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.”
I have a “seize the moment” type of friend. 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 sore feet for a pair of Rollerblades and skip the 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, knowing I am in Christ.
Now…I said all this for you to go and have a nice day.
Do something you WANT to……not something on your SHOULD DO list. If you were going to die tomorrow and you had only one phone call you could make, who would you call? What would you say? And why are you waiting?
Think about this for a moment:
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 things running through your head?
Ever told your child, “We’ll do it tomorrow.”
In your haste, not see that child’s sorrow?
Ever lost touch? Let a good friendship die?
Just pick up the phone and just 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.
Author Unknown, Luke 6:23
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