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Here’s a little text to get you thinking!
My friend opened the drawer of his wife’s chest and took a little packet with rice paper: “This”, he said, “this is not any packet, it is lingerie.” He observed the beautiful silk and embroidery.
“I bought this in New York about 8 or 9 years ago, but she never used it. She was keeping it for a special occasion.
Well I think this is the right occasion.”
He went close to the bed and he put the packet next to the other things he was going to bring to the funeral home.
His wife had just died.
Turning towards me he said: “Do not keep anything for a special occasion, every day that you live is a special occasion.” I am still thinking of his words, they have changed my life.
Now I read more and clean less. I sit on my terrace and admire the view, without noticing the weeds in the garden.
I am more childish and relaxed and do not take everything with such deadly seriousness anymore. I climb more mountains, swim more rivers and watch more sunrises.
I eat more ice cream and less spinach. I enjoy the moment and do not plan 10 years in advance anymore. I do a lot more travelling and seize the opportunities with both hands.
I spend more time with my family and friends and less time working. I understand now that life is a succession of experiences to be enjoyed, which we should know to appreciate.
I do not keep anything anymore. I use my crystal glasses every day, and I wear my new jacket to go to the supermarket, if I so decide or if I feel like it. I no longer keep my best perfume for special events. I use it anytime I want to.
The words “sometime” and “one day” have disappeared from my vocabulary.
Whenever it is worth it, I want to see, hear and do what comes to my mind right away. I am not sure what my friend’s wife would have done if she had known that she would have not been here for that tomorrow that every one takes so much for granted.
I think she might have called her family and close friends. Maybe she would have called some old friends to make amends for an old dispute. I like to think she might have had a Chinese meal (at her favourite Chinese restaurant).
It is these few things not done that would bother me if I knew these were my last hours.
Upset because I stopped seeing good friends that I meant to contact someday…
Upset because I did not write those letters I meant to write one day…
Upset and sad because I did not tell my brothers and sons often enough how much I love them.
Now I try not to postpone, keep or not do anything that would add laughter and fun to our lives.
And every day I tell myself that this day is special.
every day, every hour, every minute is special…
This Tantra comes from the north of India. Send it with the following words to a person that is close to you. If you are too busy to send it to other people and if you tell yourself that you will do it sometime… – remember that sometime is far away and maybe you will never do it!
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