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Thursday, September 22, 2011

"Do it Now..!'Michael Herr' (Aloha Friday)

Renowned author Michael Herr is back on this awesome Aloha Friday talking about  doing things now! Make sure and check out Michael's website at; http://www.michaelherr.com/

Putting the duties of life ahead of the pleasures of life all too often brings about a wasted life...

September 23

It's Aloha Friday.

Do It Now

Has anyone ever said one of these things to you?

"Daddy, can we go to the park?" "Mommy, can we bake cookies?" "Honey, would you like to go see this movie?" "Shall we take a vacation this year and go to (fill in the blank)?" "Your parents have invited us for dinner, shall we go?"

Did you ever respond with . . . "Maybe later." "Not right now." "I'm too tired." "We can't afford it." "That's not convenient."

Or the worst response, "We'll get around to it someday."

At times each of those responses may be appropriate, but they should not become the norm for your life. Putting the duties of life ahead of the pleasures of life all too often brings about a wasted life.

Recently a friend told me about a wonderful vacation he and his wife had aboard a sailing ship; a Tall Ship cruise. I checked out his recommendation and found it was indeed a wonderful thing. Just the kind of thing I would love to do. And then I realized the problems my wife would have getting on board this ship and moving about on the ship. You see, she's recently in a wheelchair. And our horizons are so much more confined now. Then I started thinking, if only we had done this a few years ago. Back when she was not bound to her wheelchair. How she would have enjoyed this. And I remembered that I had thought about this type of trip back then. But I'd told myself that we had plenty of time to take this trip later. Time ran out on us.

I remember also many years ago when my son was so much younger, how he loved to take piggyback rides. I would hoist him on my shoulders and we would jump around whooping and hollering. But so many times I came home from work with a load of stuff (what a good word for things that at the time seem so important, but later on don't). And when he asked for a piggyback ride I gave him one of those responses above.

And then one day my eyes opened and I saw how big he had grown. So big that I could no longer physically lift him onto my back. So mature that the idea of a piggyback ride would embarrass him. And I realized that a part of my life was gone for good. That I could never get it back. No more piggyback rides with the young boy he had been. Now I can only hope there's enough time left to give some piggyback rides to my grand-kids.

Don't let time run out on you.

Much aloha.

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