The last time I published a post here, I was excited about holiday plans, social events, and the anticipation of a big holiday "spread" that would undoubtedly spread my waistline with the ease of butter.
But, I've never really been a calorie counting-salad eating-diet Coke drinking chick.
Why start now? I was on cloud nine, "as visions of sugar plums danced in my head."
Then it all changed. In 72 hours.
I got a call from my mom that my brother died unexpectedly.
I can't begin to tell you how that rocked my world. How it changed my perspective.
As is human nature, I immediately began to reminisce. I thought of all the good times.
I remembered all the plans that Pete and I "tentatively" had, but never quite found the time to get around to.
He loved my cooking! We were supposed to get together at his new place soon, where I would whip up some comfort food and share some laughs. Also on the list was a plan to attend local real estate seminars (of which we both shared an interest). But, I got busy. And so did he.
I'm sure you can probably relate. In these fast-paced, hectic, demanding times, we find ourselves trying to fit more in than can reasonably be accommodated; particularly if we factor in restful sleep and self-care. But, take it from me, we must make time for family, friends and loved ones.
If I could do things over again, I would do it differently.
Unfortunately, real life doesn't provide a "rewind" button. Bummer.
So, the moral of the story here?
Be less busy. Make sure that your activities and routines reflect your values.
Spend less time on Facebook and more on cultivating real conversations that create real bonds and future memories.
Put your cell phones down at the dinner table.
Cherish each day. Tomorrow is not promised.
And tell those near and dear to you that you love them. While you can.
I love you Peter...Rest in peace.