"Somebody should tell us, right at the start of our lives, that we are dying.
Then we might live life to the limit, every minute of every day.
Do it! I say. Whatever you want to do, do it now!
There are only so many tomorrows."
Pope Paul VI
by Skip Cohen
I realized recently, after my little rant, what's been bothering me most - it's not the challenge of dealing with Covid or politics, but the overwhelming flood of self-righteous experts on everything we deal with. Pick any topic, and there's an expert out there who wants to tell you how to live your life, with information they've collected from the media, the Internet, or other "experts."
I'm tired of these self-appointed specialists telling me what we need to do. I'm not suggesting Sheila, and I are irresponsible. We've had our vaccines and boosters...we wear our masks when in crowded areas, and there's hand sanitizer in both cars. I even bought a more comfortable mask at CVS yesterday.
Here's my point - it's time to focus on living our lives "to the limit." I can't beat the challenges of aging, but I can make sure that the world doesn't get across the moat I'm thinking about building around our house. Life has changed for all of us - but not the love and friendships we share, the need to make new memories, and our ability to simply appreciate each other.
Years ago, Ed Foreman, a motivational marketing speaker I've quoted many times, spoke at a Polaroid meeting. He talked about how so many people keep putting off having fun. Once we get the kids off to college, we'll have fun!..Once the kids graduate, we'll have fun...Once we retire, we'll have fun. But, then, in your casket, on the way to be buried, it hits you, Oh my God, I forgot to have fun.
I've paraphrased a little, but you get Ed's point. "Fun" has been a lost word in business for so many years, and now it's getting buried in our lives. It's time to get back to focusing on living, laughing, and loving (also part of Ed Foreman's philosophy - and that was at least 35 years ago!)
So, make it a great day today. Make a few memories. Stop watching the news, except for the weather reports! (Mother Nature isn't very happy these days!) Look for ways to make today a memory-maker by focusing on things that make you happy. None of us can fix the world, but if we each focus on our own little piece of it - think of how much better things could be!
Happy Sunday, everybody - go for those eleven-second therapeutic hugs I always write about, with the people most important to you, and smile so much that neighbors think you need to be committed!
Life is too short to worry about what others say or think about you.
So, have fun and give them something to talk about.
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