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
'Jeopardy' 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 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 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
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
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
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
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.
To those I have sent this to.. I cherish our friendship and appreciate all you
"Life may not be the party we hoped for... but while we are here we might as