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Jul 7, 2010

A friend of mine opened his wife's underwear drawer and picked up a silk paper wrapped package:

'This, - he said - isn't any ordinary package.' He unwrapped the box and stared at both the silk paper and the box.

'She got this the first time we went to New York , 8 or 9 years ago.

She has never put it on , was saving it for a special occasion.

Well, I guess this is it. He got near the bed and placed the gift box next to the other clothing he was taking to the funeral house, his wife had just died.

He turned to me and said: 'Never save something for a special occasion. Every day in your life is a special occasion'.

I still think those words changed my life.

Now I read more and clean less. I sit on the porch without worrying about anything.

I spend more time with my family, and less at work.

I understood that life should be a source of experience to be lived up to, not survived through.

I no longer keep anything.

I use crystal glasses every day...

I'll wear new clothes to go to the supermarket, if I feel like it.

I don't save my special perfume for special occasions, I use it whenever I want to.

The words 'Someday....' and ' One Day...' are fading away from my dictionary. ;

If it's worth seeing, listening or doing, I want to see, listen or do it now....

I don't know what my friend's wife would have done if she knew she wouldn't be there the next morning, this nobody can tell.

I think she might have called her relatives and closest friends. She might call old friends to make peace over past quarrels.

I'd like to think she would go out for Chinese, her favourite food.

It's these small things that I would regret not doing, if I knew my time had come...

Each day, each hour, each minute, is special.

Live for today, for tomorrow is promised to no-one..

If you got this, it's because someone cares for you and because, probably, there's someone you care about.

If you're too busy to send this out to other people and you say to yourself that you will send it 'One of these days' , remember that 'One day' is far away... or might never come.....

No matter if you're superstitious or not, spend some time reading it.. It holds useful messages for the soul.

Don't keep this message.

This Tantra must leave your hands within 96 hours Send copies and watch what goes on in the next four days

You'll have a pleasantsurprise. This is true, even if you're not superstitious.

Now, here's the fun of it:

Send this message to at least 5 people and your life will improve 0-4 people: your life improves slightly.

5-9 people: your life improves according to your expectations !

9-14 people: you'll have at least 5 surprises in the next 3 weeks..

15 or more people: your life improves drastically and your dreams start to take shape.

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Posted: Wednesday July 7, 2010, 9:56 pm
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Lucy Wingate (83)
Wednesday July 28, 2010, 4:15 am
This is wonderful, Kerstin! I'm going to try to stop putting off doing the things I want to do until the future and start living more fully for today thanks to this "Worldly Wisom".

Tracey Lawrence (269)
Monday March 21, 2011, 5:48 am
Thank you for this Kerstin! And for the nice message to me, I hope your Birthday was Grand! ... Once a while ago I did send you a care2 friends request ... So if you clicked the friends button on my page I think we would become friends automatically. As we share our common country of birth I have often remembered you {smiles} and wished you and those you love well!

Juta Semmel (39)
Monday July 18, 2011, 4:26 am
How true all this is Kerstin..while working with cancer patients 25years, so many told me that if they had to do it all over again, how so much of what is mentioned here they would have done and lived each day as it were there last..thanks for this..Juta

Lynn Squance (230)
Friday October 7, 2011, 10:57 am
Thank you. This is something we need to be reminded of from time to time. My mother has intermediate stage Alzheimer's disease and I am committed to seeing her do and enjoy things now. Simple little things like cleaning out the clothes closet of summer clothes and putting the winter ones in; or going out for supper at a fish 'n chips store that over looks the ocean; or going for a walk in the sunshine. Thanks again Kerstin for sharing.

ellen m. (233)
Friday March 8, 2013, 3:23 pm
I had to stop by and read this again..I have done this every few months since we first became friends in early 2011, and I always thought that I had already left a comment..must have been the "other" me ~lol
So now I will make sure to say THANK YOU FOR SHARING THIS Kerstin!♥♥♥

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