Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Ouch! What was that?


Most of us that have gone through any kind of distress, health issues, or loss (who hasn't right?) know that life can change in a heartbeat.  But eventually, life has a way of pulling you back to your daily routines, your naivety that life will always be this way, until an unexpected reminder gives you a thwap across the head to say "quit taking your life as you know it for granted you idiot!"  

We all know that we shouldn't take life as we know it for granted.  We all know that life is precious and we shouldn't waste any of it.  We all know that you should always make sure to tell those that we love "I love you".  Yet so many of us continue to get caught up and focus in on the little things, the unimportant things, the things that don't matter.  Why is that?

Maybe we need those thwaps across the back of the head every once in-awhile to perk us up a bit, to make us pay attention and be reminded as to what is truly the important things in life.

OK life... you've got my attention...

“People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing.  That’s why we recommend it daily.” ~ Zig Ziglar

36 comments:

Anesha said...

So very true. Life is short and we need to cherish the people in our lives. Love your photo and have a wonderful day. Hugs Anesha.

Susan McShannon-Monteith said...

I hope it was a gentle thwap.
We all do get hung up on little things and forget to focus on the whole picture.
So is this what you thought about on your birthday...
Tell me it was a great day!
Susan x

Becky~ said...

So true time goes so quickly by.Every moment is precious.

By the way your kitty is adorable.His soft grey white coat and his gorgeous blue eyes.I just noticed him.


Have a nice rest of your week!

Lin said...

Uh oh. That doesn't sound good. I hope everything is okay, pally.

I was thinking the same thing yesterday as I was all fussin' and flappin' about something that had NOTHING to do with me, but a co-worker instead. It's hard, but I had to remind myself it was none of my concern. None. I have to remind myself to stay happy.

ilovemyhouse said...

Very wise words my friend.XX

Kerri said...

LOVE your pic! And a Happy belated birthday!

Nancy said...

I hope everything is OK...yes life is a like a roller coaster with its up and downs and turns...I think too often we tend to focus on the wrong part of the ride and not appreciate the good part....

Great post for all of us to ponder....

Sandra said...

and that is why i don't NAG my hubby for hanging his clothes on the door knobs and back of chairs... even though i WANT to. but it took me a lifetime to realize the fact it can change in a heart beat. good reminder.

Donna said...

I like your words in this post. Motivation daily is an absolute surviving mechanism for me.

I pray this "thwap on the head" is not too serious?

Happy Wednesday!

Fuzzy Tales said...

I think it helps to consciously start the day with gratitude, in whatever fashion suits each of us best.

But the reality of life is that we have our daily routines, the sheer "business" of living, and it's impossible to be consciously grateful every moment of the day. The human mind (ego) isn't like that.

Do I think we can find a balance between taking life for granted and being consciously grateful and aware of our "blessings?" Yes. With practice.

Sending (((hugs))) -- I hope you're okay.

Brian said...

Well I sure hope all is okay and it was just a wake up whap!

TexWisGirl said...

a lot of wisdom here... :)

Susan said...

So, so true! I so try to enjoy the moment, and tell my family and friends I love them, but you are right, life sucks your thoughts and actions into a busyness that isn't really important. I hope your thwap upside your head wasn't to bad. Take care my friend!

Anne@A Little Fur in the Paint said...

Delightful blog! I'm a new follower! ♥
Anne

Hot Rocks said...

Well said, I totally agree! Appreciate every day and make it your very best!

Nancy Claeys said...

Yep.

It's me said...

So true.............love from me....xxx...

The Smiths said...

Hope you're ok Catherine.

Having had that thwap myself - I know how that feels.

I love & appreciate life so much more now & see something to be grateful for each & every day. A shame it took something so harsh to make me see what I've got, but there you go...

Take care.

Kay xx

silverthoughts2 said...

I think I need a good thwack. Seriously.

Reena Walkling said...

Mmmm, wondering what thwapped you? Hope nothing too bad! And hope you had a great birthday!

Sylvia said...

Beautiful words, Catherine, and so true !
Hope everything is fine with you ...
Hugs,
Sylvia

T's Daily Treasures said...

Happy belated birthday to you! I hope you had a wonderful day! So true that most people get caught up in silly little things every day that really have no meaning in the grand scheme of life. I don't know why folks just can't get that. Those teas you bought sound absolutely delicious! Enjoy! Best wishes, Tammy

Katy Noelle said...

What's up, Cat? Is everything alright?

and, ack! I missed it....Happy Birthday!!! This bloggy friend is glad that you're around - you have no idea how many times you've made me smile and/or think! I'm just glad about you! =]

xxoo

Kathryn Dyche Dechairo said...

So very true.

Linda R said...

So true. I do hope everything is OK.

Hugs, Linda

Barbara said...

I'm sorry for whatever thwapped you - I hope everything is okay! Wonderful reminder.

Ann said...

Well I'm sorry you've been thwaped. I hope it's nothing too serious. Sending you some hugs and Duke's throwing in some puppy kisses.

SD ~ Dawning Inspiration said...

I'm afraid to ask....but what happened? Yes - life can smack us upside the head heard and without warning. Praying for you and hoping you and your family are okay.

BeadedTail said...

I hope everything is okay with you! I need a thwap every now and then.

Sharon K. Mayhew said...

So true...hop the whack on the head is nothing too serious. (hugs)

Libbie said...

Hi Cat! I have to talk to myself to remind myself not to take things for granted...I DO get to unthankful when things are going good...I DO not spend as much time in prayer when life is perfect...good reminder! Thanks Cat!

Jen said...

Ah, the perpetual lesson. I'm still working on that too, in spite of having had cancer and other medical misadventures I still find myself taking life for granted.
I do, however, usually remember to give thanks to God for each and every new day He grants me :o)

Lúcia said...

You're so right Catherine...
Hope you are ok. ;-)

Laura Delegal - Leroy Photography said...

You're so right. Thanks for forcing me to slow down and take a look at my own world. :)

Jannie Funster said...

Yes, we could go from thwap to thwap, so easy to get into our little routines and such, as you say. So true. Reminds me to buy some Easter cards to send to my aunts. I am lucky to have 5 of them still living, all 4 of my mom's sisters and 1 of my dad's. And my dad's sis I am named for -- my middle name is hers, Sue.

And happy belated birthday! Glad you took the day off.

hugs to Banjo!!

Linens and Royals said...

Having just recovered from helping someone with their major thwap I know what you mean. Is it your birthday making you a bit introspective?

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