Skip to main content

Precious time

At the end of your life, you will never regret not having passed one more test, not winning one more verdict or not closing one more deal. You will regret time not spent with a husband, a friend, a child, or a parent. - Barbara Bush

The holiday season can be a bittersweet time for many.  It inspires people to reflect on the events and accomplishments of the past year, on those they love and those they've lost. A few realizations crystallize in the process – how quickly time passes and how precious it all is.
It’s a reminder that time wasted on misunderstandings is just that – wasted. For some time I thought someone was upset with me, though I didn’t know why. Instead of asking them immediately, I let days, weeks and then months pass. Feeling the sadness of their absence, I finally decided to confront them – asking directly if I'd done something to hurt or offend them.
I (almost) wish they'd said yes.

Instead, they revealed that they thought that I was upset with them…What irony. We wasted precious time apart that could have been spent making memories and sharing special moments. And we can’t get that back. Ever.
We have one life. And our loved ones are not interchangeable. If you're upset with someone, or if you've hurt someone, now is the perfect time to make amends. If they love you they will forgive you. If you're important to them, they will build a bridge. But the first step is to reach out…you may be very surprised at what is waiting for you on the other side.

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

10 simple joys

Recently "Chewbacca Mom" reminded the world that life is about the "simple joys". Think about it - more of  life is about the everyday moments than the sexy milestones. Though I've written a lot here about gratitude, this got me reflecting yet again on the simple joys I am thankful for. This is my list right now, though in no way complete.
1. Snuggling under a cozy duvet 2. That first sip of freshly brewed coffee in the morning 3. Hugging my partner tightly 4. Smiling to strangers and getting smiles back 5. Taking in a beautiful skyline view 6. Mastering a new skill that was unknown to me 7. Being awakened by the chirping birds outside my window each morning 8. Watching a scary movie and jumping with fright (this is a guilty pleasure, I'll admit) 9. Grocery shopping with my partner (yes I know, weird but true - we are talking simple!) 10. Camping adventures (s'mores included ;))
What are your simple joys?

Be like Water

Life has been busier than usual of recent and it has kept me away from this blog longer than I would like. I mentioned this to my boyfriend the other day. He matter-of-factly reminded me that there is no schedule to which I must adhere. That there are no specific rules to follow, only those I set for myself.
He reminded me that it’s okay to take a break when time or inspiration may be lacking. And that lack of inspiration is not a permanent state.

Less is More

In October 2010 I was in Peru – a trip full of meaningful moments and encounters, many of which could not have been predicted.  For several days we stayed at a local family’s home in the Lake Titicaca area - a remote village with no running water or electricity.  Our hosts went out of their way to ensure our stay was comfortable, that we felt welcome, and were well fed.  We lacked for nothing despite the simplicity of our accommodations.