A man opened his wife’s underwear drawer and picked up a silk paper wrapped package.
“This isn’t any ordinary package.” he said.
He unwrapped the box and stared at both the silk paper and the box.
“She got this the very first time we went to New York, 8 or 9 years ago. She had never put it on as she 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 his friend and said, “Never save something for a special occasion. Every day of your life is a special occasion.”
Those words changed the life of his friend. Since then, his friend often sits on the porch without worrying about anything. He spends more time with his family, and less at work. He understands that life should be a source of experience to be lived up to, not survived through. He no longer keeps anything for a special occasion.
He uses crystal glasses every day. He’d wear new clothes to go to the supermarket if he feels like it. He does not save his special perfume for special occasions….he uses it whenever he wants to.
The words ‘Someday’ and ‘One day’ are fading away from his vocabulary. If it is worth seeing, listening or doing, he wants to see, listen or do it now.
He is unsure what his friend’s wife would have done if she knew she wouldn’t be there the next morning. She might have called her relatives and closest friends. She might call old friends to make peace over past quarrels. She might go out for Chinese food which was her favorite.
It is these small little things that we would regret not doing if we know our time has come.
Each day, each hour, each minute is special. Live for today, for tomorrow is promised to no-one.