Life’s Too Short


…..fill in the blank “life’s too short to____________”

Today’s Daily Post on WordPress is very timely. Last Sunday my 88 year aunt passed away. Now some of you may say she lived a good long life and you would be correct. My realization was that I shouldn’t have waited so long to get to know her better.

We tend to put things off until tomorrow but sometimes tomorrow is too late. Case in point: One year ago a group of friends from high school had finally reconnected after 30 years. We all wondered about one friend who wasn’t at our reunion so we investigated and found her. A letter was sent and then a few weeks later we were informed that she had just died. She was 60. At the funeral we learned that she had received the letter and was looking forward to our next get together. It was a few days later that she learned she only had a couple of weeks to live.

This past summer another friend at the age of 61 also passed away. Her 7 year battle with cancer finally took her life. It was her serious health condition that brought all of us together in the first place and I feel blessed for having been able to get together when we did. When my friend L called me in June to tell me that our friend was no longer seeing people and preferred to receive mail I decided to write her a card. Unfortunately I put it off (only for a couple of weeks) and she died before I made that final communication.

I am grateful for the time I spent with my aunt when she was in the hospital and the nursing home. For the last four months I saw her at least two to three times a week. My only regret is that we didn’t spend more time together when she was healthier but as my husband said it wasn’t for a lack of trying. Communication is a two way street. My aunt was always happy to see us but we were always the ones to initiate the visits.

In conclusion I leave you with these important words…..life’s too short to waste, don’t put off till tomorrow what you can do today.

10 thoughts on “Life’s Too Short

  1. Mary, Thank you for a wonderful article. I agree that life is too short. Time is one commodity that we all have and cannot get more. My dad is 91 and I left a great job in part to be closer to him. I enjoy my weekend visits getting to know him a little better. If anyone bothers to read this comment, don’t wait, take that step today!

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  2. A family member contacted me about ten days before my cousin died that her end was near. So I had time to prepare myself. But also time to make her a card. Panic struck. What do you put on a card to someone who has very little time left? Some photos of flowers seemed appropriate and a simple message to say we were thinking of her.

    At her funeral I was told by her partner that she really appreciated knowing she was in out thoughts and loved the photos of flowers. He also appreciated that I had made it and sent it.To me, it was some comfort to know she knew we were thinking of her.

    But yes, make the most of life.

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    • I think we have to make the best of the time we do have. So Judith I think you should go ahead and celebrate your upcoming birthday even earlier if you want. At least do something fun and creative. I know you have it within you.

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