Friday, April 5, 2013
Use the Soap
Then one day, I was about to take a bath and thought I would pamper myself by using one of those lovely soaps. What was I waiting for? I used the soap and I kept on using it. Now, I have only two bars of fancy Italian soap left.
I started using this same philosophy with my "good"dishes and my real silverware. If I only ever use these items on special occasions, they may never get used. And what about my perfume? And fancy underwear? I was holding onto all of these things and never using them for a variety of reasons. Wanting to preserve them for special moments only or fearing that if I used them, there would never be any more.
The problem with this thinking is that there may be no more special occasions. I could die tomorrow morning without having had the pleasure of using all of those things. I started to learn that lesson when my father's life was cut short at 55 in a pedestrian/auto accident. And it has been brought to the forefront of my mind with the recent release of interviews with some of the Newtown families. I could only make it through two interviews until I completely broke down. It reminded me yet again how precious and fleeting life is. I must cherish my loved ones every single day. If my son wants some cuddle time while I am folding laundry, I STOP FOLDING LAUNDRY. Laundry can wait, love cannot.
This year, I am trying to embrace life. I am not putting things off anymore. And I am taking the time to cherish the people in my life. In the time I have left, I'm going to break out the good stuff and celebrate now. Because "night cometh" and we need to use the good soap now.