“Expecting to pass through this life but once…”

william penn quote

You all know how I love a good quote so when I saw this gem by William Penn, it stopped me dead in my tracks as it’s close to what I wrote on the website about leading an intentional life.  In a nutshell, it’s saying we only get one chance at this life so we have to use our time wisely.  We have to make intentional choices between helping or hindering, setting positive examples or negative ones, choosing good over bad, choosing kindness over disdain.  

It’s so easy to get derailed from these “obvious choices” in our day to day lives.  Just this morning, I got up extra early thinking all is great with the world, singing along la-dee-da with a spring in my step that I was going to get so much done.  Of course, that only lasted for all of ten minutes but what a nice ten minutes it was!!.  

In a split second, the start to a great day was turned upside down when the dog made a run for it (I always picture Mel Gibson in Braveheart yelling, “FREEDOM” when I think of our dog (rightfully named, Rascal) galloping through the neighborhood on his freedom romp of glory.  If you need a visual, here you go:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n9D7oeM3zd8!  This escapade put everyone in a tizzy.  My youngest son was exasperated running barefoot out in the cold trying to find him with me just a few steps behind trying to catch my breath, hoping and praying no one would see me out in a “freedom romp” of my own not dressed appropriately at all (enough said!).  We quickly resigned ourselves to the fact that the dog was long gone and we would either have to get in the car and go on our search or would have to set out on the bikes so we retreated back to the house to regroup and get shoes (and proper clothes) on.  The other two hear us and quickly run down the stairs attempting their best to help out (at a snail’s pace, mind you!).  Then chaos sets in, the kids start yelling at their brother (It’s your fault, why did you let this happen..yadda, yadda, yadda, I’ll spare you the details), I’m texting my husband who is out of town, telling him what happened and to be on the look out in case someone calls his cell about Rascal.  He is texting back saying that I need to see this as one of “my whispers” that we need to spend more time with the dog.  What???  The dog?  I think you mean, ahem, our “family”!!  Needless to say, after 3 kids on the look out wildly, scouring the neighborhood, the dog was found and has been quietly passed out cold all morning from his freedom romp…grrr!!  And, fortunately, the kids made it to school while eating their breakfast in hand, just in the nick of time, and one of them even said “goodbye mom” when getting out of the car. Sigh….never a dull moment!

So rehashing what I could have done differently this morning, it made me think back to this quote that I read last night that it is your choice how you want to finish out this day, that no matter the circumstances, it’s not worth begrudging and it’s certainly not worth letting the day (or this life) go by without showing kindness and doing something good for others.  I think I will go take the dog on an extra long walk when he wakes (does that count as “good for others”?)  Hope so!  So my wish for all of you is to have a great day today and make this one day (& one lifetime) count!

As always, you can find more at Sharing Our Life, Love and Food.  Just a reminder that our next “Super Soul” Share Class is coming up on Friday, November 6th from 5-7 pm.  Hope you’ll join us, we will be tackling the topic of trust.  You can RSVP here.

2 thoughts on ““Expecting to pass through this life but once…”

  1. The visual of you and your sweet boy had me laughing out loud! The “whisper” I hear in that story is, “If you love something, set it free. If it comes back…” haha! I know you love Mel, I mean Rascal ;)! As always thanks for sharing!!

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