Each person should judge his own actions and not compare himself with others. Then he can be proud for what he himself has done. Galatians 6:4

Tuesday, May 22, 2007

this is my friend Kathleen.. and her three beautiful daughters.. Jaclyn, Brittney and Joelle.... I wanted to come and blog and complain about my crappy job and How I Have to work more hours than I want to for who knows how long... grrrr.. but today I got this e-mail from Kat.. and I wanted to share... Everything in there that is "added" are her words... Kathleen has lost many loved ones through Cancer.. she herself has battled cancer and her middle daughter Britt is a Cancer survivor... I believe it was Osteocercoma that she had.... Praise God that all of them are healthy.. Some thoughts to share.....
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 people 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. who passes up dessert especially on a cruise.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?Am I suppose to wait for an invitation to dinner? I just call an order for pick up or delivery when we don't want to get dressed.How often have your kids dropped in to talk and sat in silence while you watched 'sometimes just to sit with a friend is what the wound requires 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 cord. My lips have not touched ice cream in 10 years.(Sucks to be this person!) 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; 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?(Generally NOT) When you ask "How are you?" Do you hear the reply? (Active listener hear)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."(tomorrow never comes) 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 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!"

**********One of my favorite and true quotes. " life is what happens, while you are busy making plans". ***************
ENJOY the journey because some of us will not make the entire trip..


Missy said...

All I can really say is WOW!!! So many people like myself don't realize stuff like that, that was really and eye opener for me thanks for posting that. That is something to really take into heart and apply to life. I know I will.

karin said...

i am speechless too! thank you so much for sharing this, maybe one day you will see how many lives you touched through this!

Cris said...

It really makes you stop and think...

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a friend to knit with said...

love this post!
it is so true to live more in the moment, enjoy those around, and SLOW down!
thank you!