I recently came across this beautiful story that is a great reminder of how precious life is. With the holidays coming up, I thought this was a good time to remember to make every moment a special occasion… for ourselves and our families.
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 home, 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…
I no longer keep anything.
I use crystal glasses every day…
I’ll wear new clothes to go to the supermarket, if I feel like it..
I don’t save my special perfume for special occasions, I use it whenever I want.
The words ‘Someday….’ and ‘ One Day…’ are fading away from my vocabulary.
If it’s worth seeing, listening or doing, I want to see it, listen to it or do it now….
I don’t know what my friend’s wife would have done if she had known she wouldn’t be there the next morning… this nobody can tell.
I think she might have called her relatives and closest friends.
She might have called old friends to make peace over past quarrels.
I’d like to think she would go out for Chinese, her favorite food.
It’s 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… tomorrow is promised to no-one….
I was grateful to learn this lesson many years ago from a friend who suggested that every time I sit down for a meal, even if I was home alone, that I use my best dishes, linen napkins, the good glasses and silverware. To this day, I still do this, often putting it all together on a beautiful tray and sometimes I add a little vase with a flower! It’s a way to make a snack or a meal special.
Remember to practice being a “pleasure pig” each and every day (I just got back from a 30-minute foot rub. Yum!). I would suggest that you look for ways to make every day a special occasion for yourself, your friends, and even strangers!
Wishing you a delicious and loving Thanksgiving,