I got this in my email today and had to share....

iVillage Member
Registered: 11-26-2001
I got this in my email today and had to share....
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Thu, 05-26-2011 - 8:02pm

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 days ago. We never
did have lunch together.

Because we cram so much into our 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? I had a friend from high
school that I was always going to call and never did. The other day
her name was in the obituaries so we never had that chat.

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.

Life may not be the party we hoped for... but while we are here we
might as well dance!’

iVillage Member
Registered: 11-16-2001
Sat, 05-28-2011 - 10:54am

Karen, we've lost a few family members and friends suddenly, or they've had something happen out of the blue that have drastically changed their lives.

Whilst we need to plan for the future, life is lived and enjoyed right now. Not when all the laundry is done or the kids grown up, etc. We do need to work and focus on what we need to do that day, but we also need to set time to enjoy and make those wonderful memories for the future, too. And a lot of times, those memories are made doing simple things whilst spending time with the people we love.

Thanks for the reminder, Karen.

iVillage Member
Registered: 11-26-2001
Sat, 05-28-2011 - 3:21pm

I try to do the stuff if we can, sometimes you have two priorities on the same day and same time.