Life is Short

Happy Tuesday! Enjoy yourself, have some fun, savor the simple pleasures, and smile. Do something that brings you joy because…

Life is Short

“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.”

~ Author unknown

 “Life may not be the party we hoped for… But while we are here we might as well dance.”

 ~ Author unknown

Hope you have a great day!

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6 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Carla Altland
    Jun 28, 2011 @ 08:40:43

    Wow, My thoughts exactly!! Not only is life short, It is not a dress rehearsal, the real deal and we need to be singing as we go and rejoice and not allow the trials of this day and age , seep away our JOY. My sister died on March ,2010 and she was only 58 and my Mom passed five days later at 90.

    Never allow the naysayers to rob you of the Joy of living every day in the present moment in truth and have those conversations that you are too cowardly to have , keep your integrity and quit hiding behind your masks!![ for the ones who do this}. Thanks… love,Carla

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    • Liz
      Jun 28, 2011 @ 12:04:31

      Hi Carla,

      I’m so sorry to hear about your mom and sister.
      Yes, I agree: learning to have “those” conversations and being “real” can be challenging, but so worth it. I find it to be so liberating!
      Thank you!

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  2. Tina
    Jun 28, 2011 @ 15:59:42

    This couldn’t have been more timely a message. It is one of those common sense type phrases that you need to hear once in a while to remember it. Before this came into my email this morning, I had started saying it as a mantra. Very timely indeed. Thanks for sharing this story, it really has brought perspective back and allowed me to relax and enjoy my day.

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    • Liz
      Jun 29, 2011 @ 17:30:55

      Hi Tina,

      I’m glad the timing was on and that it helped you enjoy your day! :)

      Hope you have a great 4th of July weekend!!

      Reply

  3. josephinetalepeddler
    Jun 28, 2011 @ 21:23:21

    Such a true post and it’s awful that sometimes we have to be hit by a major life-threatening illness or have something horrible happen before we realise the truth of this. We take so much for granted and always sweat the small stuff. Thanks for the reminder, Liz, And I Love the quote. xx

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