“Life is short, fragile and does not wait for anyone. There will never be a perfect time to pursue your dreams and goals other than right now.”
Good morning, friends. I hope you are all well today. The doctor told me this morning that I’m good for another year. Here’s hoping! Now, let’s get to it.
Two events of the past week in my own circle of relationships have reminded me of the spontaneity of life. One friend from my earliest childhood died immediately of a heart attack. Another friend from recent years faces imminent death from a here-to-fore unknown brain tumor. Each of these events have shocked me and caused me to wonder in deep ways, “What am I to make these events? What lessons am I to learn from the extreme misfortune of my friends?”
In our home we have a well-worked out understanding of sweets and treats: no savesies. What that means is that, let’s say we have cupcakes. None of them have names on them and therefore belong to no one. If you don’t eat “yours” now there’s no guaranteeing it will be here later. Many a tear has been shed, but fewer with growing maturity, over the last cupcake / cake or pie slice / brownie, etc. No savesies; eat it now or risk losing it. “No savesies” seems more to me now like a reasonable life lesson. What are you risking with saving that you may never get to enjoy?
I wish life were as simple as “blow it all now or risk saving it for later.” I’m not suggesting binary simplicity. But I see (and experience) so much timidity, lost dreams, and faded blessings that I think something is out of balance. Don’t cash in your retirement funds to live for a couple of years in Bora Bora. Don’t blow everything you have on one spin of a roulette wheel. Be reasonable, yet at the same time don’t waste the life and energy you have today because you think everything will be better tomorrow. My friends don’t have any more tomorrows and both of them thought they had a bunch of them. Take a chance today. Treat yourself once in a while. Be outrageous every now and then. Don’t let your life pass you by with too many cupcakes molding in the cabinet, victims of “savesies”. Eat the cupcake today and enjoy the life you have now. I truly think we would all enjoy a better life if we actually lived a little. Give it a try, and have a great, great week.