Appreciate The Little 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 women on the
Titanic who passed up dessert at dinner that fateful
night in an effort to ‘cut back the calories’. 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 ‘Who wants to be a
millionaire’ 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 even
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?

Make sure you read this to the end…..

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.

I had posted this a while back to my Facebook page, but unfortunately never found the author of this magnificent and thoughtful piece. 

♔ Kimmie.L


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