Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Last Chance

Quick! The ground has thawed for a minute. That is, if the ground is in the sun. If it's in the shade, the earth is still frozen solid.

It's your last chance, YOUR LAST CHANCE to plant those spring bulbs that have been dilly-dallying by the back door.

We usually don't know when we're being presented with our last chance--our last chance to see a friend who drops dead a week later, our last chance to say "I love you" to an aging relative, our last chance to hug an acquaintance who then moves across the country.

Life is precious. This very life is very precious. Taking life for granted is a form of ingratitude. Taking it for granted that things will continue as they have been is short-sighted, and sometimes leads to regret. "If only i'd known. If only i'd...."

We can't know the future. We can't expect the future to be the same as the past. But we do expect things to continue just as they always have.

Life is full of surprises. Surprise yourself and appreciate this day, the next person you see, this last chance to plant daffodils.

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