A friend of mine opened his wife's underwear
drawer and picked up a silk paper wrapped package:
"This, - he said - isn't any ordinary package."
He unwrapped the box and starred 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. He got near the bed and 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. Every day in your life
is a special occasion".
I still think those words changed my life.
Now I read more and clean less.
I 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 experiences to be lived up, 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 favourite food. It's these
small things that I would regret not doing, if I knew my time had
I would regret it, because I would no longer see the friends I would
meet, letters... letters that I wanted to write "One of this days".
I would regret and feel sad, because I didn't say to my brothers and
sons, 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 this days",
remember that "One day" is far away... or might never come...