Friday, November 20, 2009

WILL YOU DANCE WITH ME?

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 ' 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 we 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 Roller blades 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; 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 butter fly'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.

Show your friends how much you care. Send this to everyone you consider a FRIEND.

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!

6 comments:

NanaDJ said...

I totally agree with you. Why not, we only live once!We must have "me time" every now and then to recharge...so what if the laundry are left hanging in the rain, and the dishes are unwashed if it meant a little excitement for the housebound wife. Enjoy!

masterwordsmith said...

Dear NanaDJ

Thanks so much for reading the post and for taking the time to share your thoughts.

Indeed..life is for living!!! Enjoy ...:-)

Here's wishing you and yours a lifetime of unforgettable moments Take care and stay in touch.

Cheers

madam gold said...

I couldn't agree with you more.
I discovered the joy of dancing at 40+++.Now at 47 I am taking up line dancing class,which was very much unimaginable when I was younger.

I used to spend my time at weekends marking books.I d be very upset if I couldnt finish on time!

Now I think work and duties can wait, but not my age!So enjoy!

Arthur A said...

Hi MWS, i learn about this poem when I was 15 years...

"He slept beneath the moon
He basked beneath the sun;
He lived a life of going-to-do,
And died with nothing done."
.........................James Albery

Your article is excellent.

masterwordsmith said...

Dear madam gold

Thanks for sharing. I learnt ballroom dancing too a few years ago and it was a beautiful experience. So you are a teacher too? Great! I was like that - always rushing to mark my books and papers but now, I take it one day at a time and savor each moment.

Take care and live life to the fullest!

Cheers

masterwordsmith said...

Dear Arthur,

Thanks for sharing that poem...lovely indeed and thanks for reading.

Take care and have a nice day.

Cheers