06 November 2006

MOD Monday

Yesterday a woman who used to be my visiting teacher shared some shocking news. She'd just been told that she had a 4 inch mass on her liver. She'd been in a car accident and in the process of checking her out, the doctor had discovered this mass. And her first thought? "I haven't been a good enough person - a good enough friend, a good enough wife, a good enough mother." She told all of us in Relief Society, "Don't let it take a wake up call to realize you could have been better."

That reminded me of a bit of wisdom that my great grandmother had left in an old journal. I dug through some stacks to find it and reread it. Dated June 14, 1936: "Live so that looking backward you can have no regrets. Dream lofty dreams and then ever struggling upward reach the upper most peaks. Then with love, friendship and charity toward all, be an inspiration for good to your fellow men and a sweet companion to your loved ones."

I think we've all been reminded at some point or another not to waste time in this life. There really is not any time to waste. Each moment DOES count. Each moment DOES matter. And all it takes is a single moment to possibly rob us of the freedom to make a difference - in our lives or in someone else's life. So let's take this "cliche" seriously...

...that's the moral of the day.

12 comments:

Morning Glory said...

Your grandmother was very profound. That's such a beautiful quote. Thanks for a great reminder to make the most of each moment.

sheri said...

What a beautiful quote! Is it ok if I put it in my new Gratitude journal I got at RS the other day? I think one of my biggest frustrations in life is that I keep letting the little things get in the way of the really important things. I'll have an "epiphany", but sure enough...not too much later and I'm wrapped up in the unimportant things in life again.

Anonymous said...

That is so true. What a great quote from your Grandma. Thank you for sharing that.
And I hope your friend is ok.

itybtyfrog said...

Touching and thought provoking words. It is too easy to forget how important those things really are. Even after my husband had cancer we still find ourselves forgetting the important things in life. Thanks for the reminder.

Doulabean said...

This has been a theme in my life these last two weeks. This post is just more ephasis on how important it is. Thank you so much!

smartmama said...

very true i think it is something we have to remind ourselves everyday- get rid of the fluff and focus on what matters

Anonymous said...

What a good thought for the day (or week, or month). I hope your friend is ok.

utmommy said...

It's sad that most of us wait until something big like that happens before we stop to enjoy each moment.

kfk said...

Good advice, indeed. And how cool you have these writings of your grandmothers.

Maine Mom said...

Words of wisdom run in your family :-) Time is precious and we don't know how much of it we have on this earth. This is a good reminder for all of us.

Olivia said...

what an excellent reminder and a beautiful saying.

Anonymous said...

What a good lesson. Thank you for sharing. I needed that today.