A Lesson for Today ~~ What Are You Waiting For??
Did I offer peace today? Did I bring a smile to someone's face? Did I say words of healing? Did I let go of my anger and resentment? Did I forgive? Did I love? These are the real questions. I must trust that the little bit of love that I sow now will bear many fruits, here in this world and the life to come.— Henri Nouwen
Waiting till you 'have time' or it is convenient is sometimes the route we choose when there is someone with whom we have not connected to in a while. It takes seconds to send a text or make a call or even send an email.
It can mean so much and it is something you will never regret. The only regret you may ever have is if you do not call that person or reach out to them in some way, the individual you really do care about may leave the planet too soon.
So just for you and for that person today---make a call, send a text, drop by and say hi. It may not be fun for you but the heart of the person that you touch will feel joy.
Make Time to Reach Out to Someone
My two sisters are both very ill at this time. One is in Hospice care and the other will find out next week the news I already know. I do keep in touch with them both. I visit the one in Hospice care as she is 2 hours from me and I speak on the phone with the other one almost daily and we text daily and Skype daily. My sister that I speak with daily is in Texas and I have written about my visit to her. I will be going to visit her next week for about 2 weeks. I will share more at a later date.
The bottom line is this---when our family members and friends (and often our family members are our friends---such is the case with me----my sister in Texas and I are besties) leave the planet they will not need us. They need us now. They need to see us and to hear our voices now. You do not want to look back in a few months or years and ask yourself----why did I let time slip away and not visit with my loved one? You have a number of ways to contact that person who is waiting to hear fom you----snail mail is still an option, you know, and a card is always welcome.
Each day is too short...
Very often I have heard it said that if someone can say it better for you, if someone has already said it for you, borrow their words and give credit.
Mr. Burroughs, kudos to you....you said it for me so well.
I still find each day too short for all the thoughts I want to think, all the walks I want to take, all the books I want to read, and all the friends I want to see.— John Burroughs
Hug 'em & kiss 'em every day
What is that old saying…the road to hell is paved with good intentions…
I will call my Momma, my son, my niece, my friend, whomever, tomorrow.
How many times have you had those very words in your mind only to dismiss them?
Even if you are fighting your own battle, Take a moment to phone or reach out to someone today to let them know you care.— unknown
Besties who keep in touch every day...miles apart but as close as the phone...
Our job on earth isn't to criticize, reject, or judge. Our purpose is to offer a helping hand, compassion, and mercy. We are to do unto others as we hope they would do unto us.
— Dana Arcuri
Time slips away too quickly...
And the next day comes and life takes hold and that call does not get made.
A few days turns into a week, a week into weeks, and months into a year. And then one day you run into that person and hear about all of the joys and sorrows that you may have missed out on because you all did not reach out to each other.
Or sometimes you find out that person has died which of course is part of the cycle---- but you had so much to share…
It is a beautiful life we live...
I can and will improve the world.
I will smile, show kindness, and be grateful.
I refuse to be unhappy.— Richelle E. Goodrich
Perhaps a reminder for each of us---the lonely and those to whom we reach out our hand
Today is the day...
So often I hear people chatting and they say, “Well, the phone works both ways. They can call me. I shouldn’t have to call every time”
And as true as that is, what difference does it make if YOU are the one to call? The bottom line is you are in contact. You have not missed an opportunity to reconnect with someone that you care about.
They will not need you when they are gone. They need you now.
Today is our reality. It is the moment in time that we have to live and love and laugh and fulfill our dreams. If you are waiting for tomorrow to happen to your life, you are missing out on what could possibly be the best day you will ever live.
Two sisters reunited after years of being apart--eldest sister in blue, sister in pink is middle sister (I am not shown----I am the 'baby')
Rekindle a relationship...
Think about all of the friends and family you have not spoken to on the phone, texted, messaged on facebook, Skyped, or wonder of wonder, written a letter to and sent via snail mail.
Been too busy? Too caught up in your own world,
your own stuff to take a second to make that contact??
Do it today.
Stop by and visit someone.
It is amazing how energizing it is to rekindle relationships. You already know that though.
My Niece and Nephew (both left the planet too soon). Thankfully I was in almost daily communication with both of them.
Gone from the planet too soon.
Back in March my sister moved to Florida to live with her son. It meant that she got to enjoy so much time with him one on one that she had missed over the years. He had lived on the West coast for a number of years and during that time face time was not so much.
The good news is they did speak on the phone often so were still very much in each other's lives. They had always been very close; he was my sister's only son.
My sister moving to Florida was a glorious thing for me too. I got to see her almost every weekend (she was only a 2 1/2 to 3 hour drive away ) and I got to see my nephew. He was so special to me as I used to baby sit him and his siblings and his cousins in the summer when they were little kids. He was one of my favorite nephews.
His life came to an end suddenly in May, just three months after his Momma came to stay with him.
What a gift those three months were. She had the time, he had the time to visit ---those precious moments that we do not know will become like warm blankets we can wrap ourselves in to relish that time.
They had Done it Now and did not realize they were.
The long talks, the moments of sharing meals together, the time spent learning from each other, the time of sitting together in the same room lost in their own thoughts, the time sitting watching a video together, the time watching and playing with his puppy dogs...all of them hold special meaning now.
They did not miss one minute of any day.
You want to be able to say that.
Food for thought from Harriet Beecher Stowe
In the words of Harriet Beecher Stowe:
“The bitterest tears shed over graves are for words left unsaid and for deeds left undone.”
No missed opportunities
Maybe Aunt Ruthie or Uncle Roy drive you nuts sometimes because they ‘know E V E R Y T H I N G’ under the sun but they love you and care about you.
Whoever your Aunt Ruthie and Uncle Roy are in your life, you would make their day by reconnecting
Tomorrow does not always come. That missed opportunity to say “I love you” or “thank you” or both can be gone in an instant.
Sometimes even with those that we see on a daily basis, those live in our own homes, we do not say enough of what we think and feel as often as we should.
Saying the words “I love you” to your family every day causes hearts to sing and family relationships to grow stronger.
A precious grandson who knows how much he is loved.
Now is the time...
This is very much on my mind because of personal reasons.
Trying every day to shower love and affection and the gift of time to my loved ones is my mission right now.
How do I give the gift of time, you may ask. And that is by doing chores, baby sitting, cooking, all of those things. And being there to listen…
Today, choose one Someone---the one you have intended to call, to stop by and visit and do it.
You will never be sorry that you did. You may live a life of regrets if you do not.
© 2013 Patricia Scott