Monday, April 30, 2012

Don't Take Life For Granted!

My darling husband has been contemplating retiring for the last few years. He is fortunate that he has done well, saved well and is prepared. I think he just can't let go of the title and routine. He really enjoys his work. His father died of a heart attack at a young age and so he understands how precious life is. Well, to make the point even stronger, a work friend of his with whom he has been discussing retirement - died suddenly. The man loved his work and had finally decided to retire in June. Friday he went home sick from work and by Saturday he had gone to his eternal home. He was never able to live the plans he had made with his wife. So today, when I kissed my husband as he left from work, I knew he had a full heart. I imagine we all can learn from this situation - Live every day as though it is your last!  Prayers to those who have lost someone and hugs to those we love that are with us!



Enjoy your Monday!

9 comments:

  1. Life is very precious.
    I learned that at the end of September when my father (then 83) had a stroke) and then again in February when my mother(79) had an ascending aortic aneurysm. They just celebrated their 51st anniversary yesterday. They are both recovering (as my mother has PT today for the first time). They went to dinner yesterday and enjoyed the evening. The surgery my mother had was emergency, 12 hours long and she was in a coma for 3 days after. I had been told that that 20-25 min later and she wouldn't be with us.
    I also have a sister who 11 yrs ago was diagnosed with stage 4 Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma when she was pregnant with her 2nd child (her first had passed two hours after she gave birth to her). The baby was not able to be saved but my sister had a Bone marrow transplant in Aug of 2001 and she is now the mother of a 9 yr old she and her husband adopted from China on Mother's Day of 2004.
    There are blessings in life. I have learned that as well with some health issues I have had and still do . You are right enjoy each day.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Dear Suburban Prep-
      Your family has really had more than its share of challenges. You are so blessed to have weathered them so well. Your parents sound remarkable - they are a gift themselves! So happy that your sister is doing well and has been blessed by her child. I hope you are doing well! You are so right - there are blessings in this life! All the best today and everyday!!!!

      Delete
  2. It is scary that each of us has recently received this message so strongly (and repeatedly). All we can do is brace outselves, go forward, and enjoy what we have now. Thank you for the important message!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. It is scary! I agree with you - we have to keep moving forward and enjoying our lives! Thank you!!!

      Delete
  3. Oh. I am so sorry about this. I don't know what else to say other than to thank you for the reminder that we never know how much time we have!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. You are so right - we never know. All we can do is enjoy each day! Thank you!

      Delete
  4. Thanks for this very honest post. I had the same thing happen in my family when my mother passed away from cancer. I have planned and saved as well, and I have looked into what passions and interests I would pursue when I retire. So far I have - getting certified in massage so I can donate massages to cancer patients, taking up watercolor and learning pottery. Can your husband go into consulting part time in his present profession? Having a solid plan for my retirement has made me look forward with excitement to experiencing that change in my life.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Kathleen, I am so sorry about the loss of your Mother. What a neat way to honor her memory and give back learning massage therapy and donating sessions to cancer patients! You are so right - a plan that one looks forward to instituting is the best plan. My husband will do some consulting, a few boardseats and volunteer his skills to charities. I on the other hand - I don't know what I want to do when I "grow up" ;-). I have lots of ideas, but no firm plan. I guess part of the enjoyment is the freedom of choice. Thanks for sharing and have a wonderful day!

      Delete