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Is Your Enthusiasm for Life Contagious?

March 31st 2008

It’s typical for most people to be in a daily routine, doing the same things over and over again on a daily basis.  Depending on your “routine,” that could be good or not so good.
 

The below message was shared with me by a friend via email and it resonated with me and I hope it moves you as it did me.  I encourage you to consider how you’d answer this question: “If I knew tomorrow was my last day to live, what would I choose to do today?”
 

Here’s the email message shared by a friend last week:
 

“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 people 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 the television?
 

“I cannot count the times I called my sister and said, ‘How about going to lunch in a half hour?’ She would gas up and stammer, ‘I can’t.  I have clothes on the line.  My hair is dirty.  I wish I had known yesterday, I had a late breakfast, it looks like rain’ and my personal favorite:  ‘It’s Monday.’ She died a few years ago. We never did have lunch together.
 

“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 Steve 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 our selves 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 ‘Some day, 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.
 

“My lips have not touched ice cream in 10 years.  I love ice cream.  It’s just that I might as well apply it directly to my stomach with a spatula and eliminate the digestive process.  The other day, I stopped the car and bought a triple-decker.  If my car had hit an iceberg on the way home, I would have died happy.
 

“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?”
 
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