Do You Take Too Much For Granted?

@deeeky (3669)
Edinburgh, Scotland
July 4, 2007 9:42am CST
"And what if the tomorrow that I take for granted never comes? Or what if tomorrow is my last day on earth?" Martha, an old woman of 85, was obsessed with thoughts like these. She lived alone in her big apartment, surrounded by objects from her past. She would worry all night long, getting up to walk around, then returning to her empty bed, turning the thoughts over and over in her mind like a dog gnawing an old bone. She did it so much that finally her fear turned into wisdom. The next morning she made herself a promise. "I am going to live each and every day as if it were my last! That's the only way to really enjoy life." Now Martha reads a lot and spends (a-take out) less time dusting old furniture. She admires the flowers in her garden without worrying too much about the weeds that crop up here and there. She invites people she likes to her home, but doesn't sit there waiting for them to arrive. And when they do arrive, she uses her best china to serve tea and cake, without worrying about a precious cup or plate getting dirty or being broken. She's started wearing the beautiful red cashmere jacket her grandchildren gave her for Christmas. She even wears it to go out walking, and puts a dab of her best perfume behind her ears. But most importantly, Martha has stopped saying, "I'll do that one day, when I have the time." Now she says, "If it's worth doing, I'm going to do it now!" .................................................. Like Martha, you, too, should think about what you'd do if someone said, "This is your last day on earth!" You would realize that priorities fall into place naturally, that many things resolve themselves and that whatever is superfluous in your life disappears. Don't wait for the day when tragedy strikes to force you to consider what it is you really want to do in life. (c)www.positive-club.com, 2005 Have a nice day from Deeeky.
2 responses
@Darkwing (21588)
7 Jul 07
I think if I was told it was my last day on earth, I'd make it my priority to call or visit all my closest friends and tell them that I love them, and thank them for all the good times, and indeed difficult ones, we'd spent together. Why? Because I think your friends and family are the ones who make your life what it is, and if you know it's time to say goodbye to them for the final time, then you'd want them to know all this. Then, I would relax and reflect on all I'd learned from my life and await my crossing of the bridge to the Otherworld. Brightest Blessings and thank you for sharing Martha's story with us, my friend. x
@deeeky (3669)
• Edinburgh, Scotland
7 Jul 07
If you make a point of telling your loved ones all the time, then your mind would be clear all the time and the thought of telling them before you go would be irrellevant. Yes?
@Darkwing (21588)
7 Jul 07
Not really, no. It depends on when was the last time you told them. Some you don't speak to every day.
@axter69 (379)
4 Jul 07
this reminds me of a song called 4 minute warning, I think we all take things for granted and we do not know how much we do it untill it is to late. thats the way us humans are, we use and use stuff untill its to late and there nothing left. the one thing I dont take for granted is my kids I love every second I spend with them good or bad.
@deeeky (3669)
• Edinburgh, Scotland
4 Jul 07
Spending time with your children is a very fullfilling thing to do and well appreciated no doubt and they are never taken for granted.