Recently, I was whining to a friend about what a mess my home was. It had not been cleaned or vacuumed in way too long. I was doing grocery shopping on an emergency basis only. Things were definitely not in order. Never mind that there were good reasons for that. Our life’s schedule has been packed lately. As I was talking, I realized, that although my house may not be clean and meals may not be the best, we sure have done a lot of living in the last couple months or so. And that’s a good thing! We have attended, participated, given, received, celebrated, traveled, played and visited with friends and family. We have laughed and cried, we have prayed and worshipped and learned. We even moved one of our daughters! At the end of the day, it is the encouragement that we give and the burdens that we share with one another, that are the really important things. I need to be mindful not to curse the very things that have been intended to bless me!
Then, yesterday, I received an e-mail from a friend. She had been reading a book and one of the things that the author mentioned was that "life is too short to read bad books." Just that phrase got her thinking and she began a list of her own.
"Life is too short to dust every day, not hug my kids every chance I can, feel embarassed by my looks/weight, worry about the yard work, not cuddle on the couch with Shawn and a bowl of popcorn, deal with rude people, run all over town to 3 different grocery stores to save $5, hold a grudge, not enjoy every minute of life as if it were my last, not take time to truly look at the beauty in all people and things, do a job that you are miserable in, eat veggies before dessert, suffer in the heat instead of turning the AC on, not create something everyday, not tell those people I love how much they mean to me." -Awna Stark, Angel #1664
Her list inspired me to make a list of my own. What would you add to your list? As we enter this long weekend, be sure and do a few of those things that are important to you, that inspire you, that make life worthwhile. You may even want to create a little chipboard or coaster book entitled "Life is Too Short To…" Whatever you do, enjoy who you’re with and what you’re doing!