A friend of mine opened his wife's
underwear drawer and picked up a silk
paper wrapped package: "
This, - he said - isn't any ordinary package."

He unwrapped the box and stared
at both the silk paper and the box.
"She got this the first time we went
to New York, 8 or 9 years ago.
She has never put it on.
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 clothes
he was taking to the funeral house,
his wife had just died.

He turned to me and said:
"Never save something for a special occasion,
Every day in your life is a special occasion".
I still think those words changed my life.

Now I read more and clean less.
I sit on the porch without
worrying about anything.
I spend more time with my family,
and less at work.

I understood that life should be a
source of experience to be lived up to,
not survived through.
I no longer keep anything.
I use crystal glasses every day.
I'll wear new clothes to go to the
supermarket, if I feel like it.
I don't save my special perfume
for special occasions, I use it
whenever I want to.

The words "Someday..." and "One Day..."
are fading away from my dictionary.
If it's worth seeing, listening or doing,
I want to see, listen or do it now.
I don't know what my friend's wife
would have done if she knew she
wouldn't be there the next morning,
this nobody can tell.

I think she might have called her
relatives and closest friends.
She might call old friends
to make peace over past quarrels.
I'd like to think she would go out
for Chinese, her favourite food.

It's these small things that I
would regret not doing, if I knew
my time had come.
I would regret it, because I
would no longer see the friends
I would meet,
letters... letters that I wanted to write,
"One of this days".

I would regret and feel sad,
because I didn't say to my brothers
and sons, not enough times at least,
how much I love them.
Now, I try not to delay, postpone
or keep anything that could bring laughter
and joy into our lives.
And, on each morning,
I say to myself that this could
be a special day.
Each day, each hour, each minute,
is special.

So remember this,
give love - show love today,
for tomorrow may be too late
for someone to hear those three
little words from you,
"I love you".

Or wear that special outfit,
use all your beautiful porcelain
and fine crystals.
Live your life like
there is no tomorrow..........
remember that "One day"
is far away......
or might never come...

Author Unknown

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appreciate you emailing me with the author's name so that
I can place the appropriate credit on this page.

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