Friday, May 05, 2006

To all my friends - thank you

I was sent this email today - how true is it!!! So just in case I havnt told you how important your friendships and support are to me lately -then thankyou all for just being you and keeping in touch!
Love Nic xxx

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.

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 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 off our hands.

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 have 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 a re you waiting?

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 Friendship and FAMILY 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.To those I have sent this to... I cherish our friendship and appreciate all you do.

"Life may not be the party we hoped for... but while we are here we might as well dance!"


Trish Reed said...

Absolutly awesome and so true. i had a few freinds over today and our converastions came around to the same sort of thing ' live for today'.
Trish Reed

Siannw said...

Thats a powerful message, and unfortunately it is talking about me. It's something I need to print out, and read everyday to motivate and remind myself about what is important to me - staying in touch with friends, telling your family what feel for them before it is too late, and not putting off til tommorrow what can be done today. I'm turning 30 too soon, and have recently asked myself am I doing what I want to do, have I achieved what I want to achieve? I have one beautiful son Raine and another I will get to meet in hopefully 13 weeks, (no more) Your post is very inspiring, thankyou for reminding me to not put all those things I want to do on hold.

Now to stay Motivated???

PS Also I loved your idea of recording the daily events of you family and your little man. It's so easy to forget the little things when they grow up, it will be a great reminder.

Siann Watts

kathie said...

What a timely reminder to take the time and appreciate, hey! I used to live my life at a completely hectic pace and decided that I wanted to take time out to slow down. I'm so glad I did. Life is so much better when you appreciate everything and everyone around you. That's not to say that I still don't struggle for that balance. I do, each and every day. I constantly find myself asking what has meaning for me.