A friend of mine opened his wife's lingerie drawer and picked up a gold box wrapped in silk paper. He commented, "This isn't any ordinary package." He unwrapped the box and stared at the exquisite silk camisole lying in the gold box.
"She got this the first time we went to New York , 8 or 9 years ago. She has never worn it; she was saving it for a special occasion. Well, I guess this is it." He got near the bed and placed the gift box next to the other clothing he was taking to the funeral house, his wife had just died.
He turned to me and said, "One of the things I've learned from my wife's death is, 'Never save something for a special occasion; every day of your life is a special occasion.'
His words literally changed my life. Now I...
* read more and clean less
* sit on the porch without worrying about all the stuff I "should" be doing
* spend more time with my family and less at work
* understand that life should be a wonderful experience; not just something we survive
Now I ...
* don't save all of the good china, crystal glasses, and silver for special occasions
* use the crystal glasses every day
* wear new clothes to go to the supermarket (if I want to)
* don't save special perfume for special occasions, I use it whenever I want to
"The words, 'Someday...' and ' One Day...' are fading away from my vocabulary."
"If it's worth seeing, listening, or doing, I want to see, listen, or do it now."
I wonder what my friend's wife would have done if she had known she was about to die? I think she might have ...
* called her relatives and closest friends
* called old friends to make peace over past quarrels
* gone out for Chinese food (her favorite)
* made amends for the hurts she inflicted on those closest to her
Failure to do these small things is what I would (we all would) regret the most.
Each day, each hour, each minute, is special.
Plan for tomorrow, but live for today because tomorrow is promised to no-one.
May you choose to live life wisely today.
May you love others well (your family, friends, and even your enemies.)
May you live in a manner worthy of your calling.
May you live the kind of life that is rewarding and meaningful as you approach death.
With much fondness, Murphy
Murphy Geer Toerner
- Murphy's Devotions
- Austin TX and Baton Rouge, LA, United States
- I enjoy helping people. I am an encourager and I can see the good in others. I want people to understand what it means to be an authentic Christian and not just a religious "nut." I believe if Christians lived and loved others as Jesus lived and loved others, we would experience more of heaven on earth than hell on earth. These thoughts and writings are intended to encourage you to be who God originally designed you to be. They are also intended to challenge you and make you think. Also, I want you to know that I'm praying for you every day. Blessings, Murphy Blessings to you, Murphy