This is a bit different than the usual "Silent Sunday" posts. A sweet friend that I used to work with passed away suddenly Friday evening. She and her family moved to Washington state several years ago so we kept up with each other and other friends on Facebook. Dayna had major surgery a few weeks ago and had been resting at home. She decided she had to return to work last week...much too soon!...and after the 2nd day she couldn't make it, too weak. I don't know the cause of death at this point, I'm still just stunned! She adored her husband, 13 yr old daughter, the dogs and people. She did live her life full on which is wonderful!
I am reminded that we all need to "live like we're dying" (Tim McGraw) and not spend time "doing". "Being" is so much more important! I've always loved this essay by Erma Bombeck ~ so much truth in it. My mother was one to save all the good stuff ~ the special towels and sheets, candles, beautiful dishes and crystal, table linens and more. These were only for special guests! I told her she was special and should be using everything every day. :)
If I ever have that little twinge of her voice about "saving this or that" I eliminate it immediately! IF I don't burn the wonderful candles or use the special linens, then someone else could tomorrow if I'm gone. I love drinking oj, water and anything else out of crystal! :) So please slow down, relax about all the projects, spend precious time with your children, family and friends. Love stronger, live passionately and, by all means, hug often!