Today I got thinking about hoarding ‘good’ things and no using them for fear that they’ll get over. I know I used to do that with stationery – something that I treasured. I’ve known people to do that with china and with 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!
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. I’m quoting parts of it here:
Someone asked me the other day if I had my life to live over would I change anything.
My answer was no, but then I thought about it and changed my mind.
If I had my life to live over again I would have waxed less and listened more.
I would have invited friends over to dinner even if the carpet was stained and the sofa faded.
I would have eaten popcorn in the “good” living room and worried less about the dirt when you lit the fireplace.
I would have taken the time to listen to my grandfather ramble about his youth.
I would have burnt the pink candle that was sculptured like a rose before it melted while being stored.
I would have sat cross-legged on the lawn with my children and never worried about grass stains.
I would have eaten less cottage cheese and more ice cream.
I would seize every minute of it … look at it and really see it … try it on … live it … exhaust it … and never give that minute back until there was nothing left of it.”
― Erma Bombeck, Eat Less Cottage Cheese and More Ice Cream: Thoughts on Life from Erma Bombeck
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.
Today I’m reviving my ‘Anything Goes on Sunday‘ series. Remember how it works? I write stuff that I thought of, read, enjoyed during the week – anything goes! And you, if you’ve written a post today (Sunday) are free to add your link here. Do remember to leave a comment too. 🙂
Books This Week – There have been many. But the one that has stayed with me is Green Vanilla Tea: One Family’s Extraordinary Journey of Love, Hope, and Remembering. I will be reviewing it here shortly. I also enjoyed reading Spirit Recovery Medicine Bag, the review of which I was happy to share on Vidya Sury’s blog. I also enjoyed writing reviews for A Good Year For The Roses and Love, Lies and Lemon Cake .
In other news – I’ve almost completely recovered from the ‘flu and spent a great Saturday afternoon with old friends. We’ve been enjoying lots of rain and it’s great to see our tiny papaya saplings growing! 🙂
Important: Last year, I wrote a post for World Suicide Prevention Day here, and also on Write Tribe where I invited readers to write posts on their blogs and link in. This year, we’ll be doing the same on 10th September. The theme for this year is : Suicide Prevention: One World. Do sign up too for the Facebook event for this.
That’s all for today. Remember to link your Sunday post here and have a wonderful week!