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Seize the moment ...

Discussion in 'Off Topic Threads' started by Bob Schultz, Jul 23, 2009.

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  1. Bob Schultz

    Bob Schultz Well-Known Member Supporting Vendor

    Jan 29, 1998
    Tuxedo NC
    A good friend of mine sent me this and I thought some of you might appreciate the sentiment ...


    > Subject: 'seize the moment' -to friends and family
    > 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 together.
    > 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 Roller blades 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 lapping on the ground? Ever followed a butter fly'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 for... but while we are here we
    > might as well dance!
    > The happiest people don't necessarily
    > have the best of everything,
    > they just make the best of
    > everything they have.
  2. wolfram

    wolfram Well-Known Member

    Jul 17, 2007
    I think this is why a lot of us 'waste' money on shotshells, expensive shotguns, and targets. No point in crossing the finish line with a suitcase full of greenbacks.
  3. grnberetcj

    grnberetcj Active Member

    Jan 29, 1998
    Carpe Diem....

    Don't know about the rest of you fella's....but I'm leaving this place the same way I came in:

    Naked & Poor!!


    But I do pity the mundane pilgrims that have never pushed the envelope!!
  4. nspktr1

    nspktr1 TS Member

    Jul 2, 2006
    Let us so live that when we come to die even the undertaker will be sorry.

    Mark Twain
  5. Old Confederate

    Old Confederate TS Member

    Feb 9, 2009
    I have always worked and not got too far in debt, even paid cash for a house, but never put off having fun or doing something exciting. I always thought it would be sad being an old person sitting on the porch, never done anything or been anywhere. I have worn the blueing off of guns that that a lot of people wouldn't use because they were too nice and run enough powder and shot out gun barrels to buy a farm and been to town and saw the elephant. Now I am too old to do much so I guess I am a "has been" but that is better than a "never been". So now I can sit on the porch an smile an say it was good while it ran. Larry
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