March 17, 2010


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A Special Occasion


Welcome to another day in my life. Today is Wednesday and St. Patrick's Day. While not a holiday which most people get vacation from work, it is a special occasion.

In observance of this special occasion, I would like to share the following with you:

A friend of mine opened his wife's underwear drawer and picked up a silk paper wrapped package:

'This, - he said - isn't any ordinary package.'

He unwrapped the box and stared at both the silk paper and the box.

'She got this the first time we went to New York, 8 or 9 years ago. She has never put it on, was saving it for a special occasion.

Well, I guess this is it.

He got near the bed and placed the gift box next to the other clothing he was taking to the funeral house, his wife had just died.

He turned to me and said: 'Never save something for a special occasion. Every day in your life is a special occasion'... I still think those words changed my life.

Now I read more and clean less.

I sit on the porch without worrying about anything.

I spend more time with my family, and less at work.

I understood that life should be a source of experience to be lived up to, not survived through.

I no longer keep anything.

I use crystal glasses every day.

I will wear new clothes to go to the supermarket, if I feel like it.

I do not save my special perfume for special occasions, I use it whenever I want to.

The words 'Someday...' and ' One Day...' are fading away from my dictionary.

If it is worth seeing, listening or doing, I want to see, listen or do it now....

I do not know what my friend's wife would have done if she knew she would not be there the next morning, this nobody can tell.

I think she might have called her relatives and closest friends. She might call old friends to make peace over past quarrels.

I would like to think she would go out for Chinese, her favorite food.

It is these small things that I would regret not doing, if I knew my time had come..

Each day, each hour, each minute, is special.

Live for today, for tomorrow is promised to no-one... and remember to tell those close to you that you love them. You never know when you might not get a chance to do so.

If you got this, it is because someone cares for you and because, probably, there is someone you care about.

If you are too busy to send this out to other people and you say to yourself that you will send it 'One of these days' , remember that 'One day' is far away... or might never come....

Until we meet again; here's wishing you health, hope and happiness.



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