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Monday, August 20, 2007

A Great Message, Ray........... and certainly worth sharing!

Dick Garboski


----- Original Message ----
From: Ray Butka <rbutkasr@yahoo.com>

A friend of mine opened his wife's drawer and picked up a silk paper wrapped package: This, - he said -'isn't any ordinary package.'

He unwrapped the box and stared at both the silk paper and the box. She got this the first time we went to New York, 8 or 9 years ago. She has never put it on, was saving it for a special occasion. Well, I guess this is it. On the bed, he placed the gift box next to the other clothing he was taking to the funeral house, his wife had just died.

He turned to me and said: 'Never save something for a special occasion. Try to make every day in your life is a special occasion'.

I still think those words changed my life. Now I read more and clean less, sit on the porch without worrying about anything.

I spend more time with my family, and less at work.

I understood that life should be a source of experience to be lived up to, not survived through. I no longer keep anything. I use crystal
glasses every day... I'll wear new clothes to go to the supermarket, if I feel like it.

I don't save my special perfume for special occasions; I use it whenever I want to. The words 'Someday...' and 'One Day...' are fading away from my dictionary.

If it's worth seeing, listening or doing, I want to see, listen or do it now. I don't know what my friend's wife would have done
if she knew she wouldn't be there the next morning, this nobody can tell. I think she might have called her relatives and closest friends.
She might call old friends to make peace over past quarrels. I'd like to think she would go out for Chinese, her favorite food. It's these small
things that I would regret not doing, if I knew my time had come. I would regret it, because I would no longer see the friends I would
meet, and those letters... that I wanted to write One of these days'.

I would regret and feel sad, because I didn't say to my brother and sisters, son and daughters, not times enough at least, how much
I love them.

Now, I try not to delay, postpone or keep anything that could bring laughter and joy into our lives..

And, on each morning, I say to myself that this could be a special day.....Each day, each hour, each minute, is special.

If you got this, it's because someone cares for you and because, probably, there's someone you care about.

If you're too busy to send this out to other people and you say to yourself that you will send it 'One of these days', remember that 'One
day' is far away... or might never come...

No matter if you're superstitious or not, spend some time, read this once again.

It holds a useful messages for the soul.

Don't keep this message, for here's the fun of it: Send copies and You'll have a pleasant surprise.




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