“The chief beauty about time is that you cannot waste it in advance. The next year, the next day, the next hour are lying ready for you, as perfect, as unspoiled, as if you had never wasted or misapplied a single moment in all your life. You can turn over a new leaf every hour if you choose.” ~ Arnold Bennett
A call one never wants to answer is the one informing of a loved one’s medical emergency. I received one of those calls two weeks ago when my sister called to say my dad had a stroke. While Jim stacked up the lumber and materials he had outside, I hurriedly readied the inside of our LCC to make the trip to Chino, CA. I’m not one who panics easily and I try not to assume the worst, but I will admit I was worried. My mom died of cancer just one year and eleven months ago and I was/am not ready to lose my dad. We arrived at the hospital about four hours later to find Dad sitting up in bed looking quite like his usual self. His speech center was initially affected but, by the time we got there, had already improved to nearly normal. The diagnosis was a light mini stroke and I am happy to report that the effects were very minor and he is doing great. And because we have no schedule to keep, we were able to park on his RV pad and spend some quality time visiting and doing a couple of small projects around the house and property. And observing for ourselves his improved condition. (Smile)
So, as I join for just a moment the millions — or perhaps billions — of those who inhabit planet Earth who are contemplating plans for another new year, I am reminded again that “tomorrow” is never guaranteed for any of us. I don’t have any profound advice that you haven’t heard before, just an encouragement to appreciate every moment and whatever that thing is you’re saving for someday…do it. Today.
AND if you’re contemplating living the RV lifestyle and think you need all the pieces of the puzzle to be perfectly in place before you make the plunge, let me leave you with another of my favorite quotes by one of my favorite men: “Go cheap; go small; go NOW!” ~ Jim Peterson
Wishing you and yours a very happy, healthy and personally enriching 2017!