just a thought, read slowly

Discussion in 'General Conversation' started by TDawgNOk, Feb 4, 2008.

  1. TDawgNOk

    TDawgNOk Gathering Monitor (Instigator)

    Tulsa, Oklahoma
    I did not think of this, got it in an email!!!
    thought my brothers/sisters would enjoy!

    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 the kid 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 morn ing, 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 Roller blades 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 woul d you u 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.
  2. Plowboy411

    Plowboy411 New Member

    thank you for posting this.
    there is alot of things in my life that need fixing.
    mainly me.
    thank you again.

  3. r ward

    r ward New Member

    Kathleen G
    Man that is deep and so true the older we get the less time we have thanks for the reminder that when it ends there is no tommorrow so better do it today
  4. pk_powell

    pk_powell New Member

    That was very inspirational! ~~~~~~~~~~Sister Pat:big_smile::cool2:
  5. plainsman

    plainsman New Member Supporting Member

    I agree, folks are too busy tryin to get the most outa life, I think they miss a lot. Instead of makin it happen, I like to watch it happen. Thats whats nice about fishing. I can be doing something, but at the same time watchin the clouds in the sky, mink fishing, muskrats swimming, loons, geese, ducks. There is an awful lot of time to think.
  6. Goofy

    Goofy Member

    Moline, Illinois
    Thanks Tony. I still just want to thank you in print.