OT: Words to live by........

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by laura81655, Feb 28, 2006.

  1. laura81655

    laura81655 New Member

    With our illness, I know we can't do all of these things, but thought I'd would share anyway, Enjoy......


    Too many people put off something that brings them joy just 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 women 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 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 'Jeopardy' on television?

    I cannot count the times I called my sister and said, "How about going
    to lunch in a half hour?" She would gas up 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

    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 Steve
    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 out of college

    Life has a way of accelerating as we get older The days get shorter, and
    the list of promises to ourselves gets longer. One morning, we awaken,
    and all we have to show for our lives is a litany of "I'm going to," "I
    plan on," and "Someday, when things are settled down a bit."

    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. If you were going to die soon and had
    only one phone call you could make, who would you call and what would
    you say? And why are you waiting?

    Make sure you read this to the end; you will understand why I sent this
    to you.

    Have you ever watched kids playing on a merry go round or listened to
    the rain l! apping on the ground? Ever followed a butterfly's erratic
    flight or gazed at the sun into the fading night? Do you run through
    each day on the fly? When you ask "How are you?" Do you hear the reply?

    When the day is done, do you lie in your bed with the next hundred
    chores running through your head? Ever told your child, "We'll do it
    tomorrow." And in your haste, not see his sorrow? Ever lost touch? Let a
    good friendship die? Just call to say "Hi"?

    When you worry and hurry through your day, it is like an unopened
    gift....Thrown away.... Life is not a race. Take it slower. Hear the
    music before the song is over.

    It's National Friendship Week Show your friends how much you care. Send
    this to everyone you consider a FRIEND. If it comes back to you, then
    you'll know you have a circle of friends.

    To those I have sent this to... I cherish our friendship and appreciate
    all you do.

    "Life may not be the party we hoped f! or... but while we are here we
    might as well dance.....
  2. twerp

    twerp New Member

    I don't think there's one of us who cannot take a lesson from this.

    Thanks so much for posting.

  3. rockgor

    rockgor Well-Known Member

    Thorton Wilder said much the same thing in America's most popular play "Our Town".
  4. CinCA

    CinCA New Member

    It's so easy to forget. A very sad example (and warning...this REALLY is tragic, and also extremely profound)...I found out this afternoon that my husband's boss's wife was in a terrible freak accident over the weekend. She fell out of a golf cart while out golfing with friends. Okay, bumps and bruises, maybe, right? No. She got a serious head injury and is in a coma, unlikely to survive. And "all" that happened is she fell out of a golf cart. This is the most lovely, energetic, full of life woman! Please pray for her recovery, or at least if it's her time for her husband and family. And while it is sadly a very somber story, remember it and DO take time to smell the flowers. Please.

    I still can't believe her life changed in that instant. But things like this definitely hammer home just how fragile life can be and how precious every day really is!

    Thank you so much for posting this. I do NOT think it's OT...it very much should be read, as it's so easy to get caught up in the pain and fatigue!


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  5. JLH

    JLH New Member

    Definitely words to live by.