The strange world of a Southern wife and her Canadian husband.

Monday, February 15, 2010

Thoughts of the Month

As you have read, my mother's twin, my uncle, is has battled colon cancer for about 10 years now and has now been told his cancer is spreading. So my new outlook on life, is to take control of my life and live it for me and do what makes me happy and to stop pleasing other people.

Also today on the way home, the country station I listen to has a daily "Something you can hang your hat on" segments of inspirational stories that will make you think. Today's message goes right along with my new outlook on life.


I got up Saturday morning with snow on the ground and this statement as a status on a friend's Facebook page: Just ate doughnuts and drank hot chocolate with the kids. First time i have had that stuff in forever and it was great! What the hell, its a snow day!

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.

Have you ever thought about all those people on the Titanic who passed up dessert at dinner that fateful night in an effort to cut back?

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 "Sportscenter" on television?

I overheard this at a funeral once. "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.' 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.'

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?

And that's something you can hang your hat on.

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