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Friday, October 24

Ice cream and icebergs

Too many people put off something that might bring them joy simply 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.

How many women out there will eat at home tonight 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 a show on television or read the newspaper?

I cannot count the times I called my sister and said, "How about going to lunch in a half hour?" She would hessitate 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 Stevie 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 through college. Life has a way of accelerating as we get older.

The days get shorter, and the list of promises we make to ourselves gets longer. One morning, we awaken, and all we have to show for our lives is a long list of "I'm going to," "I plan on," and "Someday I’ll get around to it."

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. 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. You can’t borrow from yesterday and you can’t redeem tomorrow. Live today as if it were your last and go to bed with a smile on your face. And if you are fortunate, you will awaken to do it all again tomorrow!

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A good friend sent this email to me and I wanted to post it on the blog. Why? It is pretty obvious, don’t you think? I know SO MANY PEOPLE who don’t go on our trip to Honduras. “It is the wrong time of the year; it costs too much money; I have too much to do; it just isn’t a convenient time; I don’t have the vacation time; I have to take summer classes; the economy is going down the toilet; I don’t know anyone on the trip; I don’t speak Spanish; I need to loose some weight; I need to get in better shape; I’ll go next time…” Shall I continue? What is your “excuse?” What is your reason? Explain again why you aren’t going?

Think about it the next time you are passing up a Baskin Robins, there just might be an iceberg in your rear view mirror.

TR

1 comment:

Nate said...

Terry,
I happened to run into Tim Hines' blog, which of course mentioned you, and I wanted to say hi. I hope you remember me, Nathan Seaman. I'll be brief on you blog, just wanted to say thanks for all you did for me in a very troubled time in my life years ago. Here is a link to some pictures of me and my family. I have been in the Navy for 15 years now and just got back from a Humanitarian Deployment to SE Asia.

http://wizzyandfriends.typepad.com/wizblog/2008/10/all-american-family.html

My e-mail is nathan.seaman99@gmail.com if you want to drop a line.