Subject: When your time is due
It is 10:30 P.M and I am returning home from a retirement party, which was fabulous. I was even moved to sing and roast the retiree. I hope that when I retire there will be similar joy and enthusiasm. It struck me that unfortunately we sometimes wait until those we work with are retiring to let them know how important they are to us. It makes me sad to think that there are many I work with, struggle with, gnash teeth with daily but only I only let them know how I feel when they are about to leave. We don’t always acknowledge how important they are in our lives or how much they mean until they are sick or they leave us.
In a bookstore, I noticed a book by Richard Carlson entitled An Hour to Live, An Hour to Love, which was dedicated to his wife. He asked these questions: If you had only an hour to live, whom would you call? What would you say? What are you waiting for? The author, who also wrote Don’t Sweat The Small Stuff, sadly did suddenly die three years after writing this manuscript. It hit me that there are people in my life who should know how important they are to me. I would like to say to the gentleman I care so very dearly about, that he has been an immense blessing and positive influence in my life. I would encourage everybody to speak up, and say something, even if it is to only one person. I would appreciate your opinion on why we behave this way.
There is an old saying that you never miss someone (or something) until it’s gone. Perfect examples would be last week’s paycheck, old gas prices, SUV’s (Well, maybe NOT that one), the Bill Clinton era, real hair, and your girl’s monthly cycle. This principle applies to people as well. We often take others for granted and never realize their true value until they have left from our lives. This is when reality hits us in the face with the concept that we never had it so good. Many men experience that when a good woman leaves their lives. That is why I think it is a good practice for couples to periodically spend moments away from each other, even if just for a small amount of time. Sometimes you have to MISS the person in your life so that you won’t end up taking that person for granted. It could make all the difference in your long-term relationship. Now let’s address your other question. If I had an hour to live, the first people I would call would be my children, starting with my daughter Jazzmin. I would tell her that even after death my love for her would always linger on. I would let her know that I am not afraid and to keep me in her heart whenever she needs to speak to me. I witnessed what my mother went through during her last days and I tried my best to relate to her situation. Of course, no matter how much you prepare yourself, no one is fully ready for death. It is because of this logic that I count each day as a new one whenever I awake in the morning. Every day is a second chance for me, and I want to bring in as many positive forces as I can to my existence. Life is truly special, and the people you associate yourself with are the ones that give your life extra meaning. You are right. We should give honor to those deserved people while they are still here. I hope that no one has to encounter this type of circumstance, but if it ever does happen, I hope you handle it properly. This was a good topic for today, and I hope that everyone reading this can relate to it. Thank you for sending it, and have a great weekend, courtesy of the Phantom Poet:
If I had an hour to live, just whom would I call?
I’d call the cable company and say “Forget about my bill, y’all”
It wouldn’t make much sense to extend my endurance
And I’d tell my family to call the people for my life insurance
I’d contact all my friends, and give them as much love as I can muster
There might be a problem with me returning overdue videos to Blockbuster
I’d review my life and fantasize as to how much I love it
I’d call the IRS and tell them to “Shove it”
I don’t think I’d try to go out and try to commit any type of crime
Even though I’ve always wanted to find my old English teacher and slap her behind
By the time the cops find me, I will have done what I long desired
And if they don’t beat me first, by then I will have expired
I would contact all funeral directors and all appropriate undertakers
And let them know that I will soon be gone (just like the Lakers)
I’d lay face down naked on a Xerox machine, and press the button to “enlarge it”
I would go to Target and purchase everything I can, and then I’d say, “Charge it”
I’d try my best to go through the store and buy everything I see
And if anyone had a problem with that, then I would just say, “Sue me”
If I had an hour to live, I am just not sure of what I would do
Except let you know that my final words are “I love you”
“My attendance was ALWAYS great in English class”… The Phantom Poet
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Anthony Hamilton and Brett Jolly performing in concert