Dare to do it ...

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Can anyone tell me why in the world I would make a batch of Macaroni and Cheese this afternoon then eat about 1/3 of the whole batch? It was a small batch, for sure - but really, what was I thinking?? There really isn't any logical answer for this question, but I know it has to do with some serious emotional needs I have today. This a.m. I attended the funeral of a very dear friend, who was also a dear, dear friend of my husband (departed now 26 years) - all 6 of his children participated in the services by singing, or speaking. The love they have for their dad is so evident - and they were all so sincere in sharing their memories. As I sat there listening so intently with tears running down my face as well as theirs, it occurred to me that we say so many nice things about people after they are gone - and wouldn't it be nice if we could have our funerals before we die, so we could reap the joy of having lived a good life. I came home confused and somewhat sad - and then had the "MACARONI and CHEESE MOMENT. But ... Inspiration came along with the Mac and Cheese because when I got my emotional balance back, I determined to start a letter writing campaign to those people who are special in my life and remind them of some mutual memories and good times that we've shared and express my appreciation for them.

Dare I include myself in the letter writing effort? Is it too bold of me to tell myself how much I like me and want the best for me? After all, I doubt I could ever find a better friend, more understanding and compassionate friend for myself than me. IF NOT ME, who? IF NOT NOW, when? I think I'll take the chance and do it!

I think I'll beginy to honor my relationship with myself by honoring my courage to flush the rest of the Mac and cheese down the toilet and fix a salad!!
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    The letter sounds like a wonderful idea. What a great way to take the time tohelp cope with such a challenging time. My heart goes out to you.
    2998 days ago
    You are so insightful! I LOVE reading what you write. It always gives me something to think about or be grateful for! I am glad we are virtual friends, but I really wish I lived right next door! emoticon
    3008 days ago
    I admire people who write letters saying the things I think but never say! I have a friend who does that, and it is wonderful to be the recipient of one of her letters. By all means, you should write one to yourself as well. In fact, start with that one!
    3009 days ago
    What a GREAT idea....I'm starting those letters this weekend. In fact, you're overflowng with great ideas! I love the flushing of the Mac N Cheese too! Good for you!!!
    3009 days ago
    Wow, inspiring words. This is something everyone should do, if not by letter, then by phone call, or e-mail or something. And I like the idea of including yourself in this campaign. Thanks for this wonderful post!!!


    P. S. I think you are great!!
    3010 days ago
    Good for you to recognize your qualities to be a good Friend. I am so sorry about your Friend. May God give you comfort. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon Hugs, Jane
    3010 days ago

    Excellent, excellent thoughts!
    3010 days ago
  • LHLADY517
    We do need to let people know NOW and not when it's too late.
    3010 days ago
  • GLC2009
    i had a craving for mac and cheese this week too. i used shirataki noodles shaped like macaroni instead of pasta. that worked.

    but, more importantly, the letter writing. what a good idea. i remember a few years ago when my friend was in the hospital about to succumb to lung cancer. i was a thousand miles away working and i couldn't get to the hospital to see her. i wrote her a long letter, recounted some of our more hysterical moments--she was alot of fun!! then i sent the letter with a bouquet of flowers. unfortunately her strange family never let me know if she got the letter or if anyone read it to her. but, then they didn't contact any of us (her friends) regarding a funeral or celebration of life either. emoticon

    so, yes, sending a letter while we all are still in good health is a wonderful idea.
    3010 days ago
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