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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

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    A good friend of mine sent me this and I thought some of you might appreciate the sentiment ...

    Bob

    > 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

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    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

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    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!!

    Curt

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

    nspktr1 TS Member

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    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

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    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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