Appreciate Life – Episode #036

“The clock is running.   Make the most of today. Time waits for no man. Yesterday is history. Tomorrow is a mystery. Today is a gift. That’s why it is called the present.”  -Alice Morse Earle (1902) Sun-Dials and Roses of Yesterday.

This 8 month blogging journey has taught me that I HATE to write (unless it’s stuff that I care for).  Obviously, I’m not the most prolific writer to grace the face of the earth, but that’s not my goal.  I’m thinking maybe you’ll read this and say, “If this schmuck can create a halfway decent blog then I can start that thing that I said I was gonna do 4 years ago.”  My goal is to motivate and provoke thought.

What if today was your last day?  Did you go that extra mile that you’ve always envisioned?  Would the people you leave behind know how you felt about them and will they be taken care of?  In the book The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, Stephen R. Covey challenges you to write your own eulogy.  What would be said at your funeral?  I’ve had people tell me, “You travel too much.”  My question is, “What are you waiting for?”  Are you waiting until you retire to travel?  Are waiting until the perfect time to start making your dreams come true?  There IS no perfect time.  Sorry, I lied…  The perfect time is right now!  “The best way to make your dreams come true is to wake up,” says Paul Valery.

Death is an inevitable and unpredictable little b@$+@rd!  I can talk smack about it because we have a funny relationship.  On March 17, 2008 my mother died of Cancer, so death and I aren’t really on the best of terms, but I respect it.  It’s interesting how certain things (and people) can command respect whether you like them or not.  We have all been affected by death, whether it has been expected or unexpected.  Sometimes our appreciation of life comes from the loss of someone we didn’t personally know, such as Mother Teresa or Michael Jackson.  Nonetheless, it forces us to think about the unavoidability of death.

This summer lost a very close classmate/friend.  My friend Matt was the life of the party!  His goal was to make sure that everyone around him was having a great time.  The things that made him such a great person will be remembered and will live on in the lives of those he touched.  His death made me think of how precious life is and how important it is for us to be thankful for each day.  A friend emailed recently and mentioned an excellent point concerning the day to day stressors that can encumber us.  It is imperative that we be of assistance to one another by sharing, embracing, and by listening.  Just being that presence in others lives can work wonders.  That is what appreciating life is all about.

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