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  112 months ago

Do you put off doing things?

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 your favourite programme 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 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?

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!'


  109 months ago
Yes all work and no play is no good for anyone!!!


  110 months ago
this is a good one keep up the good work


  110 months ago
Life is not a race . Take it slow and live as you can and want.


  110 months ago
I try to do things as soon as they need doing - it's the only way to keep on top of everything


  110 months ago
Where do you fin these "gems" .I try not to put things off ,but sadly I do it all the time .


  111 months ago
that was lovely to read and i hope some fast paced people look at this more. i feel personally i am quite good at this sort of thing. the only thing that does hold me back with a lot of stuff is cash, i'm always on a budget and if we decide to do something we have to be really strict the next month but this helps us in our goals. i went parachuting as i always fancied it! we went to australia for a month, something i said i wanted to do when i was single, we went before the children while i was pregnant which got me out of doing the sydney harbour bridge climb but i was thrilled at having to sit in a cafe with a chocolate muffin and then take a stroll along the bridge instead, where my skirt decided to do a marilyn monroe on me! and i don't regret not having to climb up there! huby always wanted to take the kids to lapland which were saving for which is booked this december. one thing i do, is if i promise the kids i do it, if not i say maybe, if i think it's doubtful. my father in law does that tv thing! even on christmas day he has to be home to watch corrie! record it!! life's to short to live in a make believe land on tv!


  111 months ago
Very true article. Everyone should follow this. Every day to live, as if it were the last day.


  111 months ago
I put off doing lots of things because I always have far too much to do!


  111 months ago
Been a bit guilty of this I must admit, there is a lot of wisdom in what you say, life is indeed short and we should be more selective about how we spend our time.


  111 months ago
you must subscribe to the same line of thinking as me .... as they say carpe diem!
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