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Do You Put Things Off?

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?

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 Stevie 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.

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?
Have you ever watched kids playing on a merry go round?
Listened to the rain lapping on the ground?
Ever followed a butterfly’s erratic flight?
Gazed at the sun into the fading night?
You better slow down. Don’t dance so fast.
Time is short. The music won’t last.

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”?

You’d better slow down. Don’t dance so fast.
Time is short. The music won’t last.
When you run so fast to get somewhere,
you miss half the fun of getting there.

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.

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Comments on: "Do You Put Things Off?" (5)

  1. Dear Cherokee Billie,

    The answer is: I have improved a lot! It was much worse in the past. Fear. Nothing else, but pure fear. Of being rejected, of the insuccess, of the indifference, of being different, of being alone, of falling on my face, of not being loved… Sophocles once said something like this: “It is sweet to keep our minds out of what hurts it”. So true!

    I always had a recurrent dream which I never understood. With time, the message became clearer. I went down a long and spiral stair, the room in the dark. I feared each step but knew they were just steps. When I finally got downstairs, there were several doors. I never knew which door to open. I knew they would be a way out that dark place, but I was always plagued by doubt. To my dismay, when I finally made up my mind and opened one of the doors, I realised all of them lead to the same path.

    I haven’t had this dream in a while but I noticed I uncousciously threw myself into what I mostly feared and, to my dismay again, many doors inside me were open.
    I no longer feel the need to hide myself so much, I can finally talk about my feelings, my needs, my expectations and my passions, regardless of what people might think about me. I was even afraid of making comments in your blog, fearing that people would judge me wrong, or that I would be considered a fool or insane. I would rather be silent. But that was not life!

    It doesn’t matter if I am disabled, thin or fat, tall or short, handcapped, beautiful or not. Each one has his own light. And, the beauty I saw on some people, helped me discover so much about myself!

    I am far from perfect, but I have made progress… I have rescued the child inside me. I laugh, I cry, I play word games, I often go when I want to go and do not choose to stay – I know I am going to have fun because I am the one responsible for my happiness. No one else, except God. I try to live, laugh and love. In my 55, I am still a student in life. Not a teacher.

    Thank you for this inspirational post. It is such a source of learning!
    Best wishes, God bless,
    Karina de Cillo

    • Dear Karina:
      with each post you absolutely amazed me. Your growth is phenomenal and you are moving at a rapid rate. You may be a student, but your posts teach many. It makes me happy to hear that you are living life fully and that’s what it’s all about. Please keep sharing your life with us. It teaches me. I thank you for this post.
      Many blessings,
      Cherokee Billie

  2. SunnieSandie said:

    Awesome..

  3. Just Go with It said:

    Can I clone your article to my blog? Thank you…

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