Cherish the Moments

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

"You've got to dance like nobody's watching, and love like it's never going to hurt."

I read those words this week and tried to make some sense of them. I've decided it means to live life to the fullest, not to live "someday" or "one of these days."

I remember that my mother always saved her new birthday or Christmas gowns and housecoats for another day. They would stay folded for months in a drawer or on a hanger until a time when she really needed a stay in the hospital or some other unexpected happening.

No one could convince her that she should wear them now, not later.

Well, she's wearing them now. She's 90 years old, so what's she saving them for? Old habits are hard to break, however, and she still keeps back some anklets and underwear.....just in case. Old habits really are hard to break. If you have had to skimp and save for years during early marriage and childraising years, it's difficult for some to "let go" and enjoy financial freedom. The penny-pinching continues even when it isn't necessary. We attach a guilt to spending for something we don't really need.

I read about this woman who has decided she isn't going to save anything anymore. She uses her good china and crystal for every special event such as losing a pound, unstopping the garbage disposal, or seeing the first spring daffodil. She wears her good blazer and best perfume to the grocery store if she wants to, not saving it for Sunday morning or special outings.

"If it's worth seeing or hearing or doing, I want to see and hear and do it now," the woman said. "I'm trying hard not to put off, hold back or save anything that would add laughter and happiness to my life."

How right she is.

If we could only realize that every day, every minute, is a gift from God. But circumstances, bad times, and daily routine often blind us to the beauty of the day.

We let the cataracts of life, blur our vision and keep us from seeing the beauty around us.

How different things would be if we could view every day as a special occasion.

We might read more, dust less. We might spend more time with family and friends, and less in mindless meetings. We might say "I love you" to our children and spouses, not put off or hold back our affections.

We would laugh more, enjoy more, and live life more abundantly.

We need to cherish the moments.