“Carpe diem! Rejoice while you are alive; enjoy the day; live life to the fullest; make the most of what you have. It is later than you think.”
Yes, the internet is fabulous. Yes, we love reconnecting with people via Facebook and letting others know about our lives through our tweets. Yes, we love the exposure the internet gives our businesses…but do you remember a simpler time? One where you weren’t constantly worried about updating your status or what new projects you could do to your house that you discovered on Pinterest or what fun new issue your inbox would deliver to you next. Don’t get me wrong, I huge puffy heart the internet. The internet is SO not what it is all about, though, and sometimes we just need a gentle reminder. Print this out, put it in a frame by your computer and remember to savor the real moments with your family and the world. One that doesn’t involve texting your husband who is in the next room or snapping a photo of your kids or your current activity to upload to Facebook (totally guilty of overuse of this one!). Are you with me? Leave a comment if you agree so I know I am totally not alone in my thoughts of this one! I would be forever grateful…and I promise that I won’t read them until later today as I will be busy experiencing the sweet joys of the technology-free life with my kiddos.
On a more personal note, I feel I can really use this reminder as this weekend, we had to make the difficult (and so utterly fast) decision to put our beloved kitty Mister Sara down to sleep (yep, you read it right–he was a stray and what can I say–I am horrible at telling the gender of a fixed cat!). I know if you have ever had a pet, you can especially empathize. Mister Sara appeared on our doorstep eight years ago, the very night that I left my house to with my little one year old cat Petey in my arms, headed to the emergency vet. Mister Sara gave me a knowing little look of comfort, and when we never were to return home with Petey, Sara was still there, ready to come into our lives whether we knew we needed it or not. Jack is taking it hard, harder than I ever imagined for a four year old. He is a sensitive soul, though. It just breaks my heart. He really did show all the stages of grief–denial, anger at us, sadness, crying…so hard to explain death to a child, but we know he is in a happy and incredibly peaceful place right now, with all the turkey he can eat and a thousand balls around to chase after.
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