Recently, a couple of people on Twitter shared pictures of lovely old sauce boats and tea sets. Both these people said that they could never think of using these things. And I want to say to them, ‘Stop saving the good china!’
Most of us hoard ‘good’ things and don’t use them for fear that they’ll get over. I did that with stationery – something that I treasured. I’ve known people to do this with china, linen, besides clothes and shoes.
We wait to use things for a ‘special’ occasions. The problem that when that occasion final arrives, the linen is soiled, the china cups have fine lines that make them look bad and the clothes and shoes are out of fashion or don’t fit you any more!
Stop Saving The Good China
In these last two years, if we’ve learnt anything, it should be this, that life is short! We must learn to treasure our moments and treat each day as if it is a special occasion!
Start living now.
Stop saving the good china
for that special occasion.
Stop withholding your love
until that special person materializes.
Every day you are alive is a special occasion.
Every minute, every breath, is a gift from God.
– Mary Manin Morrissey
I can’t forget Erma Bombeck’s article ‘If I Had To Live My Life Over‘ that appeared in the Reader’s Digest aeons ago. It was so full of wisdom and a note of regret. It’s a reminder to remember what’s important.
I’m learning to let go of being nitpicky about things. Let the house be dusty somedays. Spend time lazing around without guilt. Let go of those ‘to-do’ list and focus on the ‘to be’ lists. Spend time talking to your loved ones instead of being to bothered about clothes or dishes piling up.
Use the good china. Write on that lovely notebook. Break open that bottle of wine. Use up those ‘good’ soaps you’ve been saving. Be nice to yourself and your loved ones.
The sad (good?) news is that we have only one life to live – so let’s live well! I’m not inviting you to be extravagant – but rather to enjoy everything you have and own while there’s still time.