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The MagaZine

The Music Credit:
Smashing Pumpkins
Greatest Hits
Virgin Records

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
gasp 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 Stevie 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 our
selves 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 Rollerblades and skip the elevator for a bungee cord.
The Message (From A Friend) . . .
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 ?

Make sure you read this to the end. You will understand why this was put here for you. Have you ever
watched kids playing on a merry-go-round or listened to the rain lapping on the ground ? Ever followed a
butterfly'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 or her sorrow ? Ever lost touch ?
Let a good friendship die ? Just call to say "Hi" ? You'd better slow down. Don't dance so fast. Time is
short. The music won't last. When you run so hard to get somewhere, you miss half the fun of getting there.
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. Show your friends how much
- you care -
The MagaZine
Winter 2001
Birth Dreams
A Key To Peace
Have you ever told a child,
" We'll do it tomorrow " ?

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