It’s a Brand New Day

rise07212007sizedYesterday may have been a great day for some; it was probably an awful day for others.  Probably for most of us, it was a hectic day….because that’s just how we all lead our lives.  This blog takes just a little time out to reflect on what is right and good in our lives – and how we must recognize it and honor it.  And remember that tomorrow is always a brand new day.  If you haven’t come across the latest song by Joshua Radin, here it is, and appropriately called Brand New Day.  It is one of my current favorites.

Listen to this song as you read the rest of this blog, as it goes so well with some prose a friend sent along.  Yes, it’s one of those emails that gets circulated to many, but these sentiments are worth sharing, just in case you haven’t seen it:

Too many people put off something that brings them joy just because they haven’t thought about it, don’t have it on their schedule, didn’t know it was coming or are too rigid to depart from their routine.

I got to thinking one day about all those women on the Titanic who passed up dessert at dinner that fateful night in an effort to cut back.  From then on, I’ve tried to be a little more flexible.

How many women out there will eat at home because their husband didn’t suggest going out to dinner until after something had been thawed?  Does the word ‘refrigeration’ mean nothing to you?

How often have your kids dropped in to talk and sat in silence while you watched ‘Jeopardy‘ on television?

I cannot count the times I called my sister and said, ‘How about going to lunch in a half hour?’  She would gas up and stammer, ‘I can’t. I have clothes on the line.  My hair is dirty.  I wish I had known yesterday, I had a late breakfast, It looks like rain.’  And my personal favorite:  ’It’s Monday.’ She died a few years ago. We never did have lunch together.

Because Americans cram so much into their lives, we tend to schedule our headaches.  We live on a sparse diet of promises we make to ourselves when all the conditions are perfect!

We’ll go back and visit the grandparents when we get Steve toilet-trained.  We’ll entertain when we replace the living-room carpet…   We’ll go on a second honeymoon when we get two more kids out of college.

Life has a way of accelerating as we get older.  The days get shorter, and the list of promises to ourselves gets longer. One morning, we awaken, and all we have to show for our lives is a litany of ‘I’m going to,’ ‘I plan on,’ and ‘Someday, when things are settled down a bit.’

When anyone calls my ‘seize the moment’ friend, she is open to adventure and available for trips.  She keeps an open mind on new ideas.  Her enthusiasm for life is contagious.  You talk with her for five minutes, and you’re ready to trade your bad feet for a pair of Roller blades and skip an elevator for a bungee cord..

My lips have not touched ice cream in 10 years.  I love ice cream.  It’s just that I might as well apply it directly to my stomach with a spatula and eliminate the digestive process  The other day, I stopped the car and bought a triple-Decker. If my car had hit an iceberg on the way home, I would have died happy.

Now…go on and have a nice day.  Do something you WANT to……not something on your SHOULD DO list. If you were going to die soon and had only one phone call you could make, who would you call and what would you say?  And why are you waiting?

Have you ever watched kids playing on a merry go round or listened to the rain lapping on the ground?  Ever followed a butter fly’s erratic flight or gazed at the sun into the fading night? Do you run through each day on the fly?  When you ask ‘ How are you?’  Do you hear the reply?

When the day is done, do you lie in your bed with the next hundred chores running through your head?  Ever told your child, ‘We’ll do it tomorrow.’  And in your haste, not see his sorrow? Ever lost touch?  Let a good friendship die?  Just call to say ‘Hi?

When you worry and hurry through your day, it is like an unopened gift….Thrown away….. Life is not a race. Take it slower.  Hear the music before the song is over.



  • Barb Says:
    3-25-2009 11:06:47

    Very worthwhile reminder. I’m definitely guilty of doing what I should, rather than what’s spontaneous, most of the time. It’s all about getting the right balance isn’t it. I’m off to make an overdue phone call now!

  • Catherine Says:
    3-25-2009 11:45:56

    My sister and I both read today’s post and agree with Anne that we let life pass us by without being mindful of what is actually happening. We both resolved to do better and we are going to report our successes to each other. Thanks for the timely reminder that we need to live life well.

  • Sharon Says:
    3-26-2009 13:12:49

    I was more conscious about being flexible and spontaneous when my children lived at home. I made a point to take time to tune in. Thankfully, I never look back and say “if only.” I took time to enjoy all of it. With our childen grown, I started taking the time my husband and I have together for granted. We are learning to take that same time for ourselves, to go out to dinner or to the ocean.

  • Cindy H Says:
    3-31-2009 18:03:55

    Thanks for the song link and the great reminder to live more in the present!

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