Having lunch out again today**, with another friend.
Do we take time enough, often enough, to treasure fleeting opportunities?
Not always such a big deal on any given day.
Sad days, when we don’t.
What are you hungry for?
More money, time, people, values?
Yes, I value these, and many more things …
I expect we all rank these differently depending on our day, month, stage of life or hunger-pangs. We all want more time, more month at the end of our money, more friends, more customers or bigger servings at lunch?
What we value/crave is, methinks, a product of scarcity-thinking rather than abundance-appreciation, measuring what we feel we are missing out on rather than treasuring what we have.
Two years ago today, my friend Gary died.
We spoke that day. I knew his end was drawing near. Had no idea that conversation would be our last.
Yes, he had recovered from his drinking and pill addiction I mentioned in my I KNOW THE WAY OUT speech, but fixing those problems didn’t make him immune to pancreatic cancer. No matter that he’d worked so hard to turn his life around, cancer didn’t care. But not before he got his priorities straight. He taught me a lot about re-ordering priorities.
We all hunger for lunch. We all hunger for value, values – but we hunger for ‘life worth living again’, and we miss the people who aren’t around any longer. But we get reminders, like today, that time is precious, friends and family are not immortal. Neither are we.
Enjoy every moment, every memory, every lunch.
*CIBO … loved the mushroom ravioli dish but when I ordered ‘another ½ order’ I was declined … pity, one would think, with restaurants hurting these days they would want more revenue from happy customers; and today I’m off to an old familiar haunt from days when I lived in the NW ..**4th Spot Kitchen … I’m craving the meatloaf
written / published from Calgary, AB
morning walk: -8C/17F, cloudy, light breeze – and soft snow, traffic sounds muted for some reason today … might be the clouds. Gusta found a rabbit scent for inspiration and tagged along for the fun …
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