Thursday, June 07, 2007

Thirteen Things you should do right now

I apologize in advance for the serious nature of this TT, but I am writing it with a heavy heart today. One of my oldest and dearest friends lost her mom to a long battle with cancer yesterday, and I just found out about it today. I met this particular friend on the very first day of college, and we have been true friends since then. Through the past 10 or so years, there have been loves and heartbreaks, marriages and babies (for her, not me), home purchases (for both of us), career advancements, and setbacks, and so many other things we have shared in. I knew her mother well, and she was certainly an amazing and strong person, who will most certainly be missed. My heart aches for her family today. Learning of something like this puts everything into perspective for your day, and makes you value every second you have with those you that sense, I give you my TT.

Thirteen things you should do right now:

1. Tell your loved ones how special they are to you
2. Do your job during work hours, but spend your free time enjoying your life
3. Take that vacation NOW, don't wait until...whenever
4. Say a prayer, send a blessing, project good vibes (whatever it is that you do and believe in) toward someone who is hurting today.
5. Go ahead, do that thing you've been scared to do
6. Love with all that you've got, regardless of the consequences
7. Turn off the television, or the computer, and go do something with a living breathing being
8. Call those friends you've been meaning to it, right now
9. Take a "mental health day" from work, enjoy the sunshine
10. Eat dessert (and hey, I'm on a diet)
11. Don't feel guilty for your blessings, but share them with others
12. Hug someone
13. Just LIVE as best you can, we only get this one shot

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Emma in Canada said...

I've come from Joy's blog. You are right, we should be doing all those things...sometimes we forget about the little things.

Sorry to hear about your friends mum but I know where you are coming from- my friend just lost her mum to cancer, only 5 weeks after giving birth to twins. Very sad.

The Rock Chick said...

Oh, wow. I am so sorry to hear about your friend's mom. I lost my dad and my brother at very young ages and I've kind of made your very list here my daily mantra for years now. It's wonderful advice!!!!

Hugs to you!
Jessica The Rock Chick

N.J.Walters said...

I'm so sorry to hear about your friend's mother. It's never easy to lose a loved one, but it is a reminder to cherish the people who are around you and the life you've been given.


Anonymous said...

I think it's a great list.

You should see Wild Hogs, it is sooo funny. I did a movire review on my Key West or Bust blog just check the movie review catagory.

Rebecca said...

I'm sorry for your loss, that list was a great tribute!
I'm way ahead of you on #9, three day weekend here I come!
Happy TT13!

Anonymous said...

My sympathies for your hurting heart. How different our world would be if everyone lived by a list such as this. ThanX for sharing.

Anonymous said...

Aw I'm so sorry for your loss {{hugs}} Your list was beautiful and all wonderful reminders of what life should really be about. You take care and know I'm thinking of you and your friend at this time.

Melanie said...

You are so right and we all need to be reminded once in a while about what is really important in life. I'm so sorry for your loss and I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers.

Jenny McB said...

Good list, Cancer is such a horrible way to die ( not that there a that much better ways) but one always has hope. Having lost a brother to cancer, I live by many of those rules for that reason. Thank you for reminding me of the others.

Thank you for stopping by!

Crimson Wife said...

I'm sorry for the loss of your friend's mom, cancer is such a terrible disease :-(

Julia Phillips Smith said...

I feel for your loss, as I just lost my dad to cancer in March. Luckily, my family tends to embrace your list, so there were no regrets in saying goodbye.

A wonderful TT. Hope you are enveloped in the love of family and friends as you recover from parting from a special woman.

MommaBoo said...

My deepest sympathy for you and your friend (and her family). I lost my father-in-law in March, so I totally understand the grief you are feeling. Just take comfort in knowing you are being prayed for. (and your friend & her loved ones.)

Want you to know, I have printed out your list. I plan on putting it where it can be seen and followed.

Again, I am so sorry.

Karina said...

Thank you to all of you for your kind words and sentiments. This affected me much more than I would have expected it to, but I think mostly it is because I am hurting for my friend. I put myself in her shoes for just seconds, and I can't imagine the grief and the pain. All of your kind thoughts have been very much appreciated. This is what makes the blogosphere such a magical place.


Anonymous said...

I am so with you on number 7. Too many folks are isolating themselves.
Sending healing vibes your way.
Your friend is lucky to have you.

Literary Feline said...

I am so sorry about your friend, Sonia.

That's a wonderful list--definitely a must do one.