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01-28-2003, 12:18 PM

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 cannot count the times I called my sister and said, "How about going
to lunch in a half hour? " She would gasp 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
Because Americans cram so much into their 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 Stevie 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 Roller blades 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.
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
Make sure you read this to the end; you will understand why I sent this to you.

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.

It's National Friendship Week. Show your friends how much you care.
Send this to everyone you consider a FRIEND.
If it comes back to you, then you'll know you have a circle of friends.
Thanks for being my friend.
Now...go on and have a nice day.
Do something you WANT to......not something on your SHOULD DO list.

01-28-2003, 12:42 PM
I learned something from Voodoo a while ago. We'd be sitting somewhere and he'd just pick up the phone and talk to someone. Why did I never do that? Since last year I started doing that. Just picking up the phone and call someone. Chris Cass, Rackmup, Voodoo, my parents, my niece. Whatever. Life is busy, life is sometimes hard. People that you care about deserve to know it. That's how I feel.


01-28-2003, 03:48 PM
People often become so caught up in their day to day lives that they fail to recognize the great things surrounding them, they know that they exist but STILL take them for granted. I call family and friends every day just to talk about pool,sports, or whatever. I don't take a day on this planet for granted, I live everyday to the fullest doing what I want to, not what somebody else want me to do. I feel fortunate that I do this now early in my life and I'm not 40, 50 years old wishing I did this earlier, I am 19 years old and I know what's important in my life.

Gayle in MD
01-30-2003, 11:40 AM
Just Beautiful...and so true, friend. Had read this before, and enjoyed reading it today. Thanks...
Gayle in Md.