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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 clothings 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’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 to. The words “Someday…” and “One Day…” are fading away from my dictionary. If it’s worth seeing, listening or doing, I want to see, listen or do it now.

I don’t know what my friend’s wife would have done if she knew 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 call old friends to make peace over past quarrels. I’d like to think she would go out for Chinese, her favourite food. It’s these small things that I would regret not doing, if I knew my time had come. I would regret it, because I would no longer see the friends I would meet, letters… letters that i wanted to write “One of this days”. I would regret and feel sad, because I didn’t say to my brothers and sons, not times enough at least, how much I love them.

Now, I try not to delay, postpone or keep anything that could bring laughter and joy into our lives. And, on each morning, I say to myself that this could be a special day. Each day, each hour, each minute, is special.

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Comments on: "Take Hold of Every Moment" (6)

  1. Sometimes I find myself saving things for “special occasion” too, which dont really come to pass anyway. Great article.

    Sorry about your show being canceled

  2. Mike O'Hare said:

    Living in the moment is something we should all aspire to. However with all the dross that we carry from yesterday, the day before and the day before that and so on, it’s hard to create and maintain this mindset.

    Perhaps we need to develop something which will allow us to fall into a new consciousness of ideas and principles.

    I’m just popping out. Now where’s that good jacket that I always save for those odd ‘special’ days lol.

    • As always very well put Mike. Letting go of the past and that means yesterday or even an hour ago can often be difficult. All we have is now. The past was, remember Now. I hope you did find your special jacket.

      Many blessings,
      Cherokee Billie

  3. This was a good reminder. Thanks!
    Godspeed,
    N

  4. It is important to cherish each moment because you do not know when it might be your last. We have no guarantee of tomorrow. So it’s important to live each day to its fullest. I appreciate all of your comments.

    Many blessings,
    Cherokee Billie

  5. Linda Dishi said:

    Thank you for sharing this story. It’s a very valuable lesson. I think that if you start wearing the “special occassions ” clothes you would feel better, therefore you’ll have a better day and many more to come. You are showing that you are respecting yourself and your life… And I don’t mean just looking good and clothes, but by experiencing the joy of experience and the magnificent rythm of life, flowing inside of each and everyone. Lots of love

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