Tuesday, September 16, 2008

I Hope You Dance

According to the forwarded email which I'd received, the following letter was written by an 83-year-old woman to her friend, Bretha.

I wish to share it with you, my dear friends. After you have read it, please share with someone you care about and tell them to read it too. Obviously, you want to let them know that you’re thinking of them right now.

Most important, my friends, let us remind each other that “EVERY DAY, EVERY MINUTE, EVERY BREATH TRULY IS A GIFT FROM GOD.”

Oh yes. We may be forgetful at times, but don't worry too much and be happy and positive in life. During our ageing day by day, let it be ageing gratefully, and accept that "Old Age" is, indeed, a gift from GOD.

Dear Bertha,

I'm reading more and dusting less. I'm sitting in the yard and admiring the view without fussing about the weeds in the garden. I'm spending more time with my family and friends and less time working.

Whenever possible, life should be a pattern of experiences to savor, not to endure. I'm trying to recognize these moments now and cherish them.

I'm not "saving" anything; we use our good china and crystal for every special event such as losing a pound, getting the sink unstopped, or the first Amaryllis blossom.

I wear my good blazer to the market. My theory is if I look prosperous, I can sell out $28.49 for one small bag of groceries. I'm not saving my good perfume for special parties, but wearing it for clerks in the hardware store and tellers at the bank.

"Someday" and "one of these days" are losing their grip on my vocabulary. If it's worth seeing or hearing or doing, I want to see and hear and do it now.

I'm not sure what others would've done had they known they wouldn't be here for the tomorrow that we all take for granted. I think they would have called family members and a few close friends. They might have called a few former friends to apologize and mend fences for past squabbles. I like to think they would have gone out for a Chinese dinner or for whatever their favorite food was.

I'm guessing; I'll never know.

It's those little things left undone that would make me angry if I knew my hours were limited. Angry because I hadn't written certain letters that I intended to write one of these days. Angry and sorry that I didn't tell my husband and children often enough how much I truly love them.

I'm trying very hard not to put off, hold back, or save anything that would add laughter and luster to our lives. And every morning when I open my eyes, I tell myself that it is special.

Every day, every minute, every breath truly is a gift from God.

Life may not be the party we hoped for, but while we are here we might as well dance.

Warmest Regards,
Your true friend

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