I've been pondering this message for a couple days--whether it made
sense to send it or not. Maybe this won't connect with anyone, but
maybe it will.
I've spent a lot of time with family over the past week: family that's
sick or dying. Here's the rundown:
- 91 YO grandfather with end-stage CHF
- 87 YO grandmother with Alzheimers' disease
- 68 YO father who is in a nursing home, and had both legs removed
because of diabetes
- Father-in-law of best friend (87 YO) who is having 4-way bypass and
a valve replacement as I write.
I'm not writing because I'm looking for sympathy...but because seeing
everyone has hammered home the message that life is too darned short
to argue with people, and get bent out of shape when people don't do
what I think they should.
And the fact that tomorrow is the 2-yr. anniversary of 9/11 just puts
the finishing touch on my feelings.
IMHO, the most important things in life are family, loving and being
loved, and enjoying the gifts you've been given. I know we sometimes
get divisive and backbiting in the wreck, but hey...we're an extended
e-family here. And you all have families and friends in the real
So, my unsolicited advice...take the time tell someone you love them.
Apologize (even if you're not wrong) if it'll help mend a broken
relationship. Get in touch with God (if you believe) and talk to him
like an old friend. Call someone you haven't called in a while.
Approach work with the attitude that, while it pays the bills, it
ain't the be-all/end-all. Spend more time celebrating your successes
than fretting over your mistakes. And take some time to figure out
what matters most in your life, and then do it--no matter the
consequences (side note: "First Things First" by Hyrum Smith is
helping me figure this out for myself). And most important...make a
LOT of sawdust! (C:
That's just what I'm thinking right now. Hope it makes you think,