Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Dance...I think I will do something fun today.

My Mom sent me these thoughts and I loved them. A great book to read that reminds me of this blog entry is: "Sister Chicks on the Loose". I love the main character in this book. She is spontaneous and fun and fully lets loose and trusts God.
Let's dance a little today. I know I need to. Blessings on this day...let's make it a good one not only for ourselves but for those around us.
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 women 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 'Wheel of Fortune' on 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 ourselves 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 'Someday, 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?

Have you ever watched kids playing on a merry go round or listened to the rain lapping on the ground? Ever followed a butterfly's erratic flight or gazed at the sun into the fading night? Do you run through each day on the fly? When you ask ' How are you?' Do you hear the reply?

When the day is done, do you lie in your bed with the next hundred chores running through your head? Ever told your child, 'We'll do it tomorrow.' And in your haste, not see his sorrow? Ever lost touch? Let a good friendship die? Just call to say 'Hi?

When you worry and hurry through your day, it is like an unopened gift....thrown away....... Life is not a race Take it slower. Hear the music before the song is over.

Life may not be the party we hoped for..... but while we are here we might as well dance!


CJ said...

Amy, I haven't had a chance to read your post but skimmed it and will be coming back. I just wanted to let you know that the friend I mentioned a couple of weeks ago...Kristi, at Barker Bunch (on the right side of my blog) is actually moving to your town sooner than expected. They had bought land and planned to build, but ended up buying a home there instead. You can read the rest of her post on her blog. I'd love for you two to connect some way. She's one of my most favorite people and I just think you'd be such a blessing to each other.

Liz said...

Dance then, wherever you may be. I
AM the Lord of the Dance said He. And I'll lead you all wherever you may be. And I'll lead you all in the Dance said He.

If we are willing, He will lead us in some INCREDIBLE dances!