Do it Now !

I wonder if there’s someone you’ve been meaning to call or send a note to, or maybe offer some words of encouragement…maybe a long overdue reconciliation, an apology, or an “I love you”. Hmmm, been meaning to do it when I get “unbusy”. There’s only so many hours in the day you know. I’ll have time to get to it soon.

How about going on that trip you’ve always dreamed about, or writing your book, visiting your Grandmother, or taking your kid fishing?

A wise man once explained to me that hours become days,and days become weeks, and weeks become months. Then before you know it years have gone by. And with the passage of time, everything evolves and changes. Kids grow up, new relationships develop, people get old…and die. I think that most of the tears shed at funerals are not tears of sadness, but tears of regret for words left unspoken and deeds left undone. And as we get older, while we may get a little wiser, we also lose some of our youthful vigor and stamina….even if we won’t admit it. You’re probably not going to run many marathons in your seventies or eighties :)  How many more reasons do you need to “Do it Now”?

No matter how long you live, life is short! You don’t know if the remainder of your earthly existence will be measured in years, months, days, or maybe even minutes. This fact slapped me upside the head last week when I learned of a friend of mine’s death. “Little Joe” is what we called him in high school, was short in stature but he sure had a big heart. And I’m proud and honoured to have known him and call him my friend. At less than 60 years of age, and physically active with no serious ailments that I was aware of, I’m sure I wasn’t the only one who thought he’d have many more years on this earth. It’s been a while since I talked to him…didn’t have any urgency in contacting him, however had I known that his time on this earth was about to come to an end, I sure would have put it in high gear and got on with it.

Enough said, Do it Now!

R.I.P. Little Joe

 

 

One thought on “Do it Now !

  1. In a cyclical enough little way, you posted this on my birthday, Pete, so I thought I would leave a comment (something I’ve been meaning to do since my folks told me about your blog a month or so ago…).

    Amen in all things living in the now – if you stop and pay attention, there are endless connections to be made, between people, ideas, places… Little rhymed events like finding this blog about life’s ending on the day of my birth. Or the fact that I just sent you an email of a bunch of different Bruce Springsteen links, a guy who I think exudes the same sense of urgency you’re talking about. Like the tears you talk about people shedding at funerals, one of the Boss’ most heartbreaking lines is in the River (something he still wrote as a young-ish man):

    “…is a dream a lie if it don’t come true, or is it something worse?”

    Always better if when they don’t come true, it’s not for a lack of trying – carpe the diem, Pete ; )

    Bryan

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