|Take Hold of Every Moment|
My friend was cleaning out his wife's dresser when he found a
beautifully wrapped package.
"She got this the first time we went to New York , 8 or 9 years ago. She
never put it on, was saving it for a special occasion. Well, I guess
it. He got near the bed and placed the gift box next to the other clothing
he was taking to the funeral house, his wife had just died. He turned to me
"Never save something for a special occasion. Every day in your life is a
I still think those words changed my life.
Now I read more and clean less.
I sit on the porch without worrying about anything.
I spend more time with my family, and less at work.
I understood that life should be a source of experience to be lived up to,
not survived through. I no longer keep anything. I use crystal glasses
day.. I'll wear new clothes to go to the supermarket, if I feel like it.
I don't save my special perfume for special occasions, I use it whenever I
want to. The words "Someday..." and "One Day..." are fading away from my
dictionary. If it's worth seeing, listening or doing, I want to see, listen
or do it now. I don't know what my friend's wife would have done if she
she wouldn't be there the next morning, this nobody can tell. I think she
might have called her relatives and closest friends.
She might call old friends to make peace over past quarrels. I'd like to
think she would go out for Chinese, her favorite food. It's these small
things that I would regret not doing, if I knew my time had come.
I would regret it, because I would no longer see the friends I would meet,
letters... that I wanted to write
"One of these days".
I would regret and feel sad, because I didn't say to my brother and
son and daughters, not times enough at least, how much
I love them.
Now, I try not to delay, postpone or keep anything that could bring
and joy into our lives..
And, on each morning, I say to myself that this could be a special day..
Each day, each hour, each minute, is special.
If you got this, it's because someone cares for you and because, probably,
there's someone you care about.
If you're too busy to send this out to other people and you say to yourself
that you will send it "One of these days", remember that "One day" is far
away... or might never come...
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