Monday, May 3, 2010

Monday Motivation - Maintenance

No, the site wasn't down for maintenance.  I was.  I have started taking Mondays to catch up, slow down, and focus on myself and my family.  I know Sundays are typically a day of rest, but after church, lunch, family time, and preparing for another week, it never quite seems restful.  Somewhere along the line, I started using Mondays as my day to recoup.  Today was filled with some light gardening, mowing the lawn (yes, I actually enjoy it), some pool time with my little man, and a well-deserved, intense yoga session.  Finally, I spent the evening at a Marriage Made Strong seminar with my handsome husband.

The older I get, the more I realize the importance of quality over quantity.  I was reminded of this after hearing about the death of an old family friend today.  He was in his 90's, had lived a long, exuberant life dedicated to serving God, and had been married some sixty plus years.  The point that made this so poignant was that his wife had passed not two weeks before.  Both had been in declining health and required a full-time caregiver.  The caregiver told the family that when she came in to tell him his wife was gone, he went to her room, gave her a loving smile, and said, "Well, I guess you made it before me."

This couple lived an extraordinary life, living every moment to the fullest.  No doubt the hundreds of people that attended their funerals, whose lives they touched along the way, are a testament to how we are to live lives of quality.  Many days I forget how wonderfully blessed I am to have my husband, my daughter, my son, my parents, in fact all of those who I love and are close to.  Today, I am thankful to have slowed down long enough to reflect on the priorities in my life.  I made a quality decision to make the most of each fleeting moment.  I encourage you to do the same.

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