Tuesday, 22 March 2016

Enjoy each day.

Every Tuesday I meet friends for coffee in our little town and we always sit in the window looking across the market square.   Because we are such a small town we see many people we know - this morning friend W (who is 94) walked past and came in to join us for a drink too.

But sadly I saw another friend who I haven't seen for a long time.   I had heard that he was in the early stages of memory loss.   He got out of the car (his wife was driving) and went into the newspaper shop for his paper.  He was a shadow of his former self, seemed confused, could only shuffle along and was just generally a very sad figure.   And I came home and said to the farmer - just let us keep reminding ourselves that it is today we are here to enjoy, that there is no good to be had from planning too far ahead, we must make the most of every minute.

Sieze the moment - and if either of us is in danger of forgetting it, then it is important that the other one of us makes sure it is at the forefront of our minds again.   A moment enjoyed is never wasted.

18 comments:

Sue said...

So very true Weaver.

Wilma said...

Plan for tomorrow. Live for today.

Heather said...

How true Pat. None of us knows what the future holds for us and we must enjoy what we have while we have it. I am so pleased that your 94 year old friend is still so active and independent. My mother was still living in her own home at that age and beyond.
Even on not-so-good days there is always something beautiful somewhere, however tiny.

angryparsnip said...

I like what @Wilma said.

cheers, parsnip

Derek Faulkner said...

It's something we all strive to do Pat, but sometimes life just overtakes us.

Dawn McHugh said...

Live every day as if it your last you never know whats around the corner

Maria said...

Every morning when I open my eyes I am reminded that I have been gifted yet another precious day. Greetings Maria x

Coppa's girl said...

Oh dear, we're just planning our Golden Wedding celebrations for September, so I hope we're not being too optimistic ! It is nice to look ahead - even just a short distance.

Barbara Womack said...

I read somewhere (can't find the source) "today is a gift...that's why it's called the present." It is kind of silly, but, oh, so very true!

donna baker said...

I feel it coming day by day, so I will take time to enjoy what's going on around me. Keep reminding me Pat.

coffeeontheporchwithme said...

Another one I heard once, "everyday above ground is a good day". My own mom suffered from dementia. Not pleasant. -Jenn

Frances said...

You've said it well, Weaver.

On the cusp of my retirement, I woke this morning to the television broadcasting terrible news from Brussels.

Yes, every day offers us joys, let's appreciate them.

xo

Librarian said...

The very sudden and way too early death of my husband (5 days after he turned 41, now 6 1/2 years ago) brought that lesson home to me, and it has changed my life for the better, as strange as that may sound.
Sorry to hear about your friend. It must be very hard for his wife, I hope she gets all the support she needs from her friends and family.
Being out and about at 94 is a great achievement! I turned 48 yesterday and some mornings feel like 88 ;-)

Midmarsh John said...

I do like Barbara's comment.
There are many old folk living here and it so sad to see how quickly some have deteriorated. Can be quite frightening to observe.
Not a bible basher myself but:
Ecclesiastes 8:15, 'Then I commended mirth, because a man hath no better thing under the sun, than to eat, and to drink, and to be merry'.

The Weaver of Grass said...

Yes - terrible news from Brussels indeed. How can people live with themselves after doing such things? But an absolute faith in a cause I suppose means that one follows it to the letter. It is nothing new when I think back to the Crusades, where there must have been countless deaths. Would the crusaders have used today's methods I wonder? Thanks for joining in.

Gwil W said...

A short Italian video (linked) of an exhibition for today's post. It might take your mind off the horror of news. It's in Chioggia which is a mini-Venezia in your favourite lagoon.

Terra Hangen said...

Weaver, I so agree with you about savoring each happy moment and hour and day. I send up a quick prayer of thanks at those moments. I volunteer at an assisted living / memory care (nice words to use instead of dementia) place and the nice ladies I visit remind me of this, carpe diem.

JoAnn ( Scene Through My Eyes) said...

So sad about your friend - it always shocks me when that happens to someone I know. Live every minute is my motto.