Sometimes life just kicks our trash. Sometimes it just seems like it is too much to take on.
I felt like this for the past few days.
I felt as though I had been run over by a train followed by a kid on a bike. With training wheels.
It boggled my mind that all these things came in one huge clump.
You know that terribly redundant saying… When it rains, it pours… ? Well clearly, its true. I am a believer.
The past few days the rain just poured down and the water kept rising.
From my knees, to my belly button, to my chin… if it goes much further, i’ll have to bring out my snorkeling gear.
While I was looking on our bookshelf for something to read, my eyes were drawn to a certain book.
I had read it before, so I passed it, looking for something new to read.
I couldnt find anything. Not one thing that would keep my interest. My eyes were again drawn to the same particular book.
I pick it up. Start thumbing through the pages.
Tears came to my eyes.
It was exactly what I needed to read.
Richard Carlson famous author of Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff…, passed away a few years ago. He had written his wife the most
beautiful love letter. She compiled it into a book and added her thoughts to it as well.
It is so easy to get so involved in the fast paced world, or get caught up in misery when life seems to let us down,
or to just not acknowledge the most beautiful things around us- Whether it be nature, family, friends, our spouse.
We need to be living in the NOW. We need not to worry about the past or the future… but instead, relish in today.
The question in the book that is asked: “If you had an hour to live, and could make just one phone call, who would it be to,
what would you say… and why are you waiting?”
One of my favorite quotes that stuck out to me while re-reading this book was:
‘If I had an hour to live, I also wouldn’t be calling anyone who owed me any money,
or anyone who had wronged me in anyway during my lifetime. I wonder how much time
I fretted away, over the years, thinking about that kind of stuff. It’s not worth one second’s thought.
With the time I have left, I choose to allow my thoughts to rest in total peace,
right her, right now in this precious moment’
It helps put the puzzle pieces together. It makes life simpler.It makes you realize where your priorities need to be.
I can’t stop someone elses rude actions and rude comments, but I can stop how much I allow myself to be affected by it.
I can’t stop life being unpredictable, but I can stop to remember that I need to ‘right now in this precious moment’.
These are things that I CAN do.
Life is too short.
I am choosing to live my life, and only let those people/things into my life that lift me up.
I am going to exert energy into that which will only bring joy.
” What is going to make us happy and content is that ‘critical inch’,
the stuff we will talk about in that final hour of our life.
We need to make choices in our lives right now based on what’s truly important.
So, who would you speak to if you had only an hour to live?
What would you talk about in that final hour?..”