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Take Hold of Every Moment
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. The 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.
I would regret it, because I would no longer see the friends I would
meet, letters... letters that I wanted to write
"One of this days".
I would regret and feel sad, because I didn't say to my brothers and
sons, not times enough at least, how much
I love them.
Now, I try not to delay, postpone or keep anything that could bring
laughter and joy into our lives.
And, on each morning, I say to myself that this could be a special day..
Each day, each hour, each minute, is special.
Let's see if I understand how the world works lately...
If a man cuts his finger off while slicing salami at
work, he blames the restaurant.
If you smoke three packs a day for 40 years and die
of lung cancer, your family blames the tobacco company.
If your neighbor crashes into a tree while driving
home drunk, he blames the bartender.
If your grandchildren are brats without manners, you blame television.
If your friend is shot by a deranged madman, you blame
the gun manufacturer.
If a man goes regularly to a fast-food joint and becomes
fat, he blames it on the fast-food joint.
And if a crazed person breaks into the cockpit and
tries to kill the pilot at 35,000 feet, and the passengers kill him
instead, the mother of the deceased blames the airline.
I must have lived too long to understand the world
as it is anymore.
So, if I die while my old, wrinkled butt is parked
in front of this computer, I want you to blame Bill Gates...okay?
FIVE GREAT LESSONS:
Some Important Lessons Life Teaches You...
1 ~ Most Important Lesson During my second month of nursing
school, our professor gave us a pop quiz. I was a conscientious student and had
breezed through the questions, until I read the last one: "What is the
first name of the woman who cleans the school?" Surely this was some kind
of joke. I had seen the cleaning woman several times. She was tall, dark-haired
and in her 50s, but how would I know her name? I handed in my paper, leaving
the last question blank. Just before class ended, one student asked if the last
question would count toward our quiz grade. "Absolutely," said the
professor. "In your careers, you will meet many people. All are
significant. They deserve your attention and care, even if all you do is smile
and say 'hello'." I've never forgotten that lesson. I also learned her
name was Dorothy.
Second Important Lesson ~ Pickup in the Rain - One night,
at 11:30 PM, an older African American woman was standing on the side of an
Alabama highway trying to endure a lashing rain storm. Her car had broken down
and she desperately needed a ride. Soaking wet, she decided to flag down the
next car. A young white man stopped to help her, generally unheard of in those
conflict-filled 1960's. The man took her to safety, helped her get assistance
and put her into a taxi cab. She seemed to be in a big hurry, but wrote down
his address and thanked him. Seven days went by and a knock came on the man's
door. To his surprise, a giant console color TV was delivered to his home. A
special note was attached. It read: "Thank you so much for assisting me on
the highway the other night. The rain drenched not only my clothes, but also my
spirits. Then you came along. Because of you, I was able to make it to my dying
husband's bedside just before he passed away. God bless you for helping me and
unselfishly serving others." Sincerely, Mrs. Nat King Cole.
Third Important Lesson ~ Always remember those who serve
you In the days when an ice cream sundae cost much less, a 10 year old boy
entered a hotel coffee shop and sat at a table. A waitress put a glass of water
in front of him. "How much is an ice cream sundae?" he asked.
"Fifty cents," replied the waitress. The little boy pulled his hand
out of his pocket and studied the coins in it. "Well, how much is a plain
dish of ice cream?" he inquired. By now more people were waiting for a
table and the waitress was growing impatient. "Thirty-five cents,"
she brusquely replied. The little boy again counted his coins. "I'll have
the plain ice cream," he said. The waitress brought the ice cream, put the
bill on the table and walked away. The boy finished the ice cream, paid the
cashier and left. When the waitress came back, she began to cry as she wiped
down the table. There, placed neatly beside the empty dish, were two nickels
and five pennies - You see, he couldn't have the sundae, because he had to have
enough left to leave her a tip.
Fourth Important Lesson ~ The Obstacle in Our Path - In
ancient times, a King had a boulder placed on a roadway. Then he hid himself
and watched to see if anyone would remove the huge rock. Some of the king's
wealthiest merchants and courtiers came by and simply walked around it. Many
loudly blamed the king for not keeping the roads clear. But none did anything
about getting the stone out of the way. Then a peasant came along carrying a
load of vegetables. Upon approaching the boulder, the peasant laid down his
burden and tried to move the stone to the side of the road. After much pushing
and straining, he finally succeeded. After the peasant picked up his load of
vegetables, he noticed a purse lying in the road where the boulder had been.
The purse contained many gold coins and a note from the king indicating that
the gold was for the person who removed the boulder from the roadway. The
peasant learned what many of us never understand. Every obstacle presents an
opportunity to improve our condition.
Fifth Important Lesson ~ Giving When it Counts - Many years
ago, when I worked as a volunteer at a hospital, I got to know a little girl
named Liz who was suffering from a rare and serious disease. Her only chance of
recovery appeared to be a blood transfusion from her 5-year old brother, who
had miraculously survived the same disease and had developed the antibodies
needed to combat the illness. The doctor explained the situation to her little
brother, and asked the little boy if he would be willing to give his blood to
his sister. I saw him hesitate for only a moment before taking a deep breath
and saying, "Yes, I'll do it if it will save her.." As the
transfusion progressed, he lay in bed next to his sister and smiled, as we all
did, seeing the color returning to her cheeks. Then his face grew pale and his
smile faded. He looked up at the doctor and asked with a trembling voice,
"Will I start to die right away?" Being young, the little boy had
misunderstood the doctor; he thought he was going to have to give his sister
all of his blood in order to save her. You see understanding and attitude,
after all, is everything.
If God had a refrigerator, your picture would be on
it. If He had a wallet, your photo would be in it. He sends you flowers
every spring. He sends you a sunrise every morning. Whenever you want
to talk, He listens. He can live anywhere in the universe, yet He chooses
your heart. Face it, friend -- He is crazy about you!
I Am Important
I woke up early today, excited over all I get to
do before the clock strikes midnight. I have responsibilities to fulfill
I am important.
My job is to choose what kind of day I am going to have.
Today I can complain because the weather is rainy or ... I can be
thankful that the grass is getting watered for free.
Today I can feel sad that I don't have more money or ... I can be
glad that my finances encourage me to plan my purchases wisely and
guide me away from waste.
Today I can grumble about my health or ... I can rejoice that I am
Today I can lament over all that my parents didn't give me when I
was growing up or ... I can feel grateful that they allowed me to be
Today I can cry because roses have thorns or ...I can celebrate that
thorns have roses.
Today I can mourn my lack of friends or ... I can excitedly embark
upon a quest to discover new relationships.
Today I can whine because I have to go to work or ... I can shout
for joy because I have a job to do.
Today I can complain because I have to go to school or.. eagerly
open my mind and fill it with rich new tidbits of knowledge.
Today I can murmur dejectedly because I have to do housework or I
can appreciate that I have a place to call home.
Today stretches ahead of me, waiting to be shaped. And here I am,
the sculptor who gets to do the shaping.
What today will be like is up to me. I get to choose what kind of
day I will have!
Have a GREAT DAY ... unless you have other plans.
Just remember, a 'Smile' will make the days go better.
Received from Don Lyon.
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