Friday, November 6, 2009

Today is a Gift

Skull Bracelet / Tibetan Art Collection / Bamboo Trading Company:  Click to enlarge to read the tag.

I found the bracelet on the Halloween table but bought it as a Christmas present for my daughter because she will wear it all year.  Then I read the tag and liked it so much that I bought one for myself, too.

"There may not be a tomorrow so do not squander the gift of today."  

My asthma attack last year gave me a reminder that I cannot take my health for granted.  For three months I was not able to speak in complete sentences.  I was only able to speak one or two words at a time without having to take a breath.  I had been running 6 miles at a time with my marathon training group, but could suddenly not even walk a quarter mile without having to stop and rest.

I've been trying to do as many of the things I said I wanted to do "someday", because none of us know if we will be here "someday".  


Blissseeker said...

Where on earth did you find such an interesting item?

kenju said...

OOPS. Going by that last line, I'm useless.

Jen said...

@Blissseeker: In Wimberly, Texas at one of the little shops on their main street. We went window shopping while we were waiting for Glassworks to open.

@kenju: But you get another chance today. (I was pretty useless yesterday, too.)

BrightenedBoy said...

Appreciation is such a wonderful thing.

BlackLOG said...

I’m guessing there certainly won't be a tomorrow for the poor Yak.

It's funny how things in life make us realise how fragile the human body is. I went to a body work exhibition a few years back. There were so many ways that people died I was frightened to move for about a month after. Glad you got over the asthma attack….

Jen said...

@BrightenedBoy: There are some things we take for granted until we can't do them any more, then we learn to appreciate them. I'm definitely appreciating my health a lot more.

@BlackLOG: That exhibit came to Houston and I missed it. I still have to treat my asthma daily, but at least I'm able to do all the things I used to do again.

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