'I Hope You Dance...

Discussion in 'General Conversation' started by Ace, Jun 29, 2006.

  1. Ace

    Ace New Member

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    This was written by an 83-year-old lady to her friend. *The last line says it all. *



    Dear Bertha,

    I'm reading more and dusting less. I'm sitting in the yard and admiring the

    view without fussing about the weeds in the garden. I'm spending more with

    my family and friends and less time working.

    Whenever possible, life should be a pattern of experiences to savor, not

    to endure. I'm trying to recognize these moments now and cherish them.

    I'm not "saving" anything; we use our good china and crystal for every

    special event such as losing a pound, getting the sink unstopped, or the first

    Amaryllis blossom.

    I wear my good blazer to the market. My theory is if I look prosperous,

    I can shell out $28.49 for one small bag of groceries. I'm not saving my

    good perfume for special parties, but wearing it for clerks in the hardware

    store and tellers at the bank.

    "Someday" and "one of these days" are losing their grip on my vocabulary.

    If it's worth seeing or hearing or doing, I want to see and hear and do it now

    I'm not sure what others would've done had they known they wouldn't be

    here for the tomorrow that we all take for granted. I think they would have

    called family members and a few close friends. They might have called a few

    former friends to apologize and mend fences for past squabbles. I like to

    think they would have gone out for a Chinese dinner or for whatever their

    favorite food was.

    I'm guessing; I'll never know.

    It's those little things left undone that would make me angry if I knew my

    hours were limited. Angry because I hadn't written certain letters that I

    intended to write one of these days. Angry and sorry that I didn't tell my

    parents often enough how much I truly loved them. I'm trying

    very hard not to put off, hold back, or save anything that would add laughter

    and luster to our lives. And every morning when I open my eyes, tell myself

    that it is special

    Every day, every minute, every breath truly is a gift from God.


    Hope every one enjoyed this: :big_smile_2: :0a26:


    :cat:
     
  2. redneckdrum

    redneckdrum New Member

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    Live everyday like it was your last.Great post.
     

  3. field989

    field989 New Member

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    GREAT POST

    thanks alot for sharing
     
  4. flaboy

    flaboy New Member

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    as Tim McGraw sang, "Live like you were dying" :smile2:

    I'll skip the skydiving:crazy:
     
  5. MRR

    MRR New Member

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    Great post .you never know when that last breath will be taken.
     
  6. catseeman

    catseeman New Member

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    Use it or lose it. when its gone its gone. enjoy while you got it you might not be here tommorow to enjoy it. These are the ways of the next Generation. I would like for all of them to read your thread. my nephew's are amazed at what I know and teach them. They will read this.
     
  7. Drawout

    Drawout Active Member

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    Great post Very true
     
  8. rebelzgrl76

    rebelzgrl76 New Member

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    oh soo true, nice post and thanks for posting.
     
  9. Patmansc

    Patmansc Well-Known Member

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    So true! Excellent post :smile2:
     
  10. Cattledogz

    Cattledogz Active Member

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    Great post Ernest. We all need to remember that we will be old one day!
     
  11. peewee williams

    peewee williams New Member

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    All so true.We are the lucky ones.We managed to get old.There are some on here that read this that will not live to be old.You don;t know who you are.Read and heed.peewee-williams