Sunday, August 2, 2015


It is not often that I post more than one blog, but today I am making an exception. Years ago, a friend said to me, "Sandy, why are you always running here and there? Why don't you just relax." I remember being a bit offended by that statement at the time, but she was right. I just had to find the right time to get my head to that place and figure out what I was
running from and what were the real priorities in my life. A few years later, she sent me a quote that I have kept in my drawer and read every so often. It says, "And remember, Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in an attractive and well-preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways- Chardonnay in one hand - chocolate in the other- body thoroughly used up, totally worn out and screaming, "WOO HOO, What a Ride!"

This friend is a few years older than me, but she was one of those women who was born wise. I thank you, Barb Boyle, for all the wisdom you have bestowed on me and your other friends who love you. I have my dancin' shoes on, and I'm going to crank up the I-tunes play list.

'I Hope You Dance... '

This was written by an 83-year-old woman to her friend. 
*The last line says it all. *
Dear Bertha,
I'm reading more and dusting less. I'm sitting in the yard and admiring the view without fussing about the weeds in the  
garden. I'm spending more time with my family and friends and less time working.
Whenever possible, life should be a pattern of experiences to savor, not to endure. I'm trying to recognize these moments now and cherish them.
I'm not "saving" anything; we use our good china and crystal for every special event such as losing a pound, getting the sink unstopped, or the first Amaryllis blossom.
I wear my good blazer to the market. My theory is if I look prosperous, I can shell out $28.49 for one small bag of groceries. I'm not saving my good perfume for special parties, but wearing it for clerks in the hardware store and tellers at the bank.
"Someday" and "one of these days" are losing their grip on my vocabulary. If it's worth seeing or hearing or doing, I want to see and hear and do it now
I'm not sure what others would've done had they known they wouldn't be here for the tomorrow that we all take for granted. I think they would have called family members and a few close friends. They might have called a few former friends to apologize and mend fences for past squabbles. I like to think they would have gone out for a Chinese dinner or for whatever their favorite food was.
I'm guessing; I'll never know.
It's those little things left undone that would make me angry if I knew my hours were limited. Angry because I hadn't written certain letters that I intended to write one of these days. Angry and sorry that I didn't tell my husband and parents often enough how much I truly love them. I'm trying very hard not to put off, hold back, or save anything that would add laughter and luster to our lives. And every morning when I open my eyes, tell myself that it is special.
Every day, every minute, every breath truly is a gift from God.

If you received this, it is because someone cares for you. If you're too busy to take the few minutes that it takes right now to forward this, would it be the first time you didn't do the little thing that would make a difference in your relationships? I can tell you it certainly won't be the last.
Take a few minutes to send this to a few people you care about, just to let them know that you're thinking of them.
"People say true friends must always hold hands, but true friends don't need to hold hands because they know the other hand will always be there."







Life may not be the party we hoped for, but while we are here we might as well dance


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