As I am about to venture on to a new and exciting work journey, I think of my 6 year old nephew Riley, doing the penguin happy dance, after seeing the movie. I thought I would share the following words someone sent me!!
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
I got to thinking one day about all those women 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
Because Canadians 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
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 enthus- iasm 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
would you say? And why are you waiting?
Have you ever watched kids playing on a merry go round or
listened to the rain lapping on the ground? Ever followed a butter fly’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
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.