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Penelope Anne Cole enjoys writing children’s stories to be read aloud. “Reading to children is the best way to help them love literature.” Ms. Cole has taught and tutored at every grade level, K to 12, and community college. She also reviews children's books. When not writing or reviewing children’s books, Ms. Cole enjoys dog walking, reading, gardening, church, and choir activities. She is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, a member of the California Writers Club:  Fremont Area Writers, SF Peninsula Writers, and South Bay Writers, and is a Reading Therapist with Read America. Ms. Cole reviews books at

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Friday, March 21, 2014

Friday Firsts and Fancies - Fragility of Life

This week has been an especially up and down one.   

Monday's enjoyable day of subbing and re-discovering wonderful authors and artists was followed by enduring rush hour traffic to tutor.  
 
Tuesday's bad news about my daughter's first car was followed by more positive tutoring.  
 
Wednesday's triple (and stressful) college commute for my daughter was followed by later day positive financial news.  
 
Thursday's morning rest and busy afternoon tutoring was followed by a nightmare evening of rushing my two dogs to the emergency animal hospital to save them from ingesting grapes -- toxic to dogs.
  
 
Friday night we hope and pray for good news for our beloved girls, while we celebrate with family. 
 
Such is life.  News seems to run from good to bad, then from worse to better.  You're up in the morning, down in the afternoon.  You awake to gritty problems, then go to sleep with peaceful solutions.  This week echos the Sunday morning message:  no matter how we plan and scheme, we are not promised more than today -- nothing more than this moment. 


We get caught up in our business, our "busyness;" we rush around to get things done, to make things happen.  We are in daily need of reminding that each moment is precious and each day could be our last.  "Live as if each day were your last."  Here are some variations on this theme.  Yes, there are too many, but you could read some each day.



Quotes About Carpe Diem "Seize the Day" (from Goodreads)

Mahatma Gandhi
“Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.”
Mahatma Gandhi

Mother Teresa
“Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow has not yet come. We have only today. Let us begin.”
Mother Teresa
 
Eleanor Roosevelt
“The purpose of life is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience.”
Eleanor Roosevelt

Edith Wharton
“Set wide the window. Let me drink the day.”
Edith Wharton, Artemis to Actaeon and Other Verses

Helen Keller
“Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all.”
Helen Keller, The Open Door

Robert Frost
“I am not a teacher, but an awakener.”
Robert Frost

George Harrison
“It's being here now that's important. There's no past and there's no future. Time is a very misleading thing. All there is ever, is the now. We can gain experience from the past, but we can't relive it; and we can hope for the future, but we don't know if there is one.”
George Harrison

Erma Bombeck
“Seize the moment. Remember all those women on the 'Titanic' who waved off the dessert cart.”
Erma Bombeck

Emily Dickinson
“Forever is composed of nows.”
Emily Dickinson

James  Dean
“Dream as if you will live forever; Live as if you will die today.”
James Dean

Henry David Thoreau
“You must live in the present, launch yourself on every wave, find your eternity in each moment. Fools stand on their island of opportunities and look toward another land. There is no other land; there is no other life but this.”
Henry David Thoreau

Groucho Marx
“I, not events, have the power to make me happy or unhappy today. I can choose which it shall be. Yesterday is dead, tomorrow hasn't arrived yet. I have just one day, today, and I'm going to be happy in it.”
Groucho Marx, The Essential Groucho: Writings For By And About Groucho Marx

“Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble. Matthew 6:34”
Anonymous, Holy Bible: King James Version
 
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Never put off telling your loved ones that you love them.  
Heaven forbid you never get another chance.
 
 
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Tags:  Seize the Day, tell them you love them, dogs and grapes, what is important in life, choices, chances, today, tomorrow, yesterday, the past, the present, the future, being busy.

7 comments:

  1. What a roller coaster week. Keep us posted on your dogs.

    Warmly,
    Donna

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    1. Hi Donna, thanks for your support. Ellie Pup ate nearly a pound of grapes and would have died for sure. LexieLu ate less, but she's smaller, so it was still dangerous. So far so good, but I'll know more after the 24 hour watching period.

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  2. What a roller coaster week. Keep us posted on your dogs.

    Warmly,
    Donna

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  3. What a roller coaster week. Keep us posted on your dogs.

    Warmly,
    Donna

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    1. Hi Jan, thanks for your support and comments. There were many Seize the day (Carpe Diem comments), I chose these two.

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