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An Evening Cup of Tea…

Submitted by on October 9, 2008 – 6:58 pmNo Comment
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So, the hard drive has been received by the recovery team, but there’s been no update. I’m sitting, haivng a cup of tea, thinking about recipes, things I want to cook, people I wish to cook for.

That’s the funny thing, and a lot of times you don’t think about it — whom would you wish to cook for? These days, so many people are in fast-forward mode that they find it completely impossible to slow down and enjoy being in the moment. Why is “slow food” dead, while “fast food” is killing us?

My take on it all is this: we’ve reached a point (as the bashing the economy is taking, including my retirement and investments) where the universe is saying: “Okay, enough.  You’ll never be satisfied with all that you have, and you’ll always want more. Maybe by losing some of the things you’ve attempted to hoard, since you do not wish to share with those who have less than you, you’ll learn the most important lesson. Life isn’t about ‘things’. Life is about moments. Moments of happiness, moments of sorrow, moments of beauty, anger, fear, love, those moments that can take your breath away.”

Face it, when you’re presented with the situation as it is, those people who take the time to do more than just wallow in their sorrow see exactly what I wrote. It’s time to quit “keeping up with the Jones’,” or feeling the need to “get ahead.” Life is passing us by. Our children are growing up, not really knowing who their parents are. We put in long hours, and for what? Just so that we can have ‘the next best thing’? Is having a 64″ HD Plasma television, Blu-Ray DVD player, and 500 channels what life is about? Or is it about bringing a smile to a friend’s face? Hearing their laughter at sharing memories, and making new ones? Perhaps it’s nothing more than having your shoulder stained by tears as you hold a loved one as they mourn the passing of a loved one. Those are the real things that matter in life. Not how much you have in your bank account. Not what kind of car you drive, or the designer label in your clothes. Those are merely things.

Tell someone you love how much they mean to you. Cook them a meal. Invite them over for coffee, tea, or just an evening where the television isn’t the centre of attention. You might be surprised how much your life is enriched.

I’m grateful I learned this lesson before it was too late… perhaps you may be able to as well.

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