- Posted January 16, 2014 by
New York, New York
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Time.....Our Most Precious Gift
One day a woman's husband died, and on that clear, cold morning, in the warmth of their bedroom, the wife was struck with the pain of learning that sometimes there isn't "anymore". No more hugs, no more special moments to celebrate together, no more phone calls just to chat, no more "just one minute." Sometimes, what we care about the most gets all used up and goes away, never to return before we can say good-bye or say "I love you."
So while we have our relationships and life, it's best we love, care, fix it when it's broken and heal it when it's sick.. This is true for marriage.....old cars...children with bad report cards, dogs with bad hips, and aging parents and grandparents. We keep them because they are worth it, because we are worth it. Life and death is important...the rest is just details.
Some things we keep -- like a best friend who moved away or a nieces and nephews after divorce. There may be relatives not at the top of your list, but love them also and if not love, than at least like them for who they are. They may be having problems or low self esteem so cut them some slack!
There are just some things that make us happy, no matter what and no matter when. Teaching a child something new, helping people especially the elderly, volunteering some time and not just at the holiday times. Practice random acts of kindness. Both you and the persons you help will feel amazing. Have you considered that just maybe they have no one left in their life right now? Be a good human!
There really is just one race....the human race! Society needs to get back to the Golden Rule we used to teach our children....Do Unto Others as We Would Have them Do Unto Us. Can you imagine how just that one rule in your life could change this world for the better??
Smile....just because you can! I have learned that giving smiles away, (they are free and in unlimited supply) may just may make someone's day who is having problems. Positive attitude matters in life. If you don't believe that, just try it for a month, or even a few weeks and see if your life doesn't change change for the better. If you want more people in your life, be pleasant! No one really wants to hang around with a person always saying "woe is me"! Snap out of it! Here is just one more good reason to smile...have you ever noticed how as people age if they are always unhappy that frown becomes their wrinkly frown face? To age gracefully remember to smile.
Life is important. Work on your connections with the people in your life. In our crazy too fast paced world we need to remember the most important thing you can spend on someone is your time. That time spent is especially is important with children. In a blink of an eye they are grown and on their own. There are no do overs in life! Jackie Kennedy had the correct perspective on this matter, "If you bungle raising your children, I don't think whatever else you do matters very much."
Sometimes you think you have a "keeper" and you find out you did not. Now it's your turn to share this with all those people who are "keepers" in your life if you feel that way. Suppose one morning you never wake up, do all your friends know you love them? What will be their last memory of you?Today is the perfect time to let them know. Tomorrow may be too late.
I was thinking...I could die today, tomorrow or next week, and I wondered if I had any wounds needing to be healed, friendships that needed rekindling or three words needing to be said. Don't be afraid to let people know how you really feel about them.
Let every one of your friends know you love them. Even if you think they don't love you back, you will be amazed at what those three little words and a smile can do. Make peace with your enemies......and just in case I'm gone tomorrow share this. We need to make this world a better place and as Michael Jackson sang make the change first with the man in the mirror....yourself.
Remember always that tomorrow is Promised to no one. Appreciate your life and everyone in it because it could be a lot worse. Be grateful and appreciate not the trinkets and gadgets in your life but the people in your and today is the perfect day to do just that and change your life and this world for the better.
2014 the beginning of a better future for all of us!! I wish you all Peace, love, prosperity and gratitude!!
Ciao for now!!