Thursday, October 27, 2011

Learning in a waiting room

As I sat in the waiting room for my 4 hour glucose tolerance test, I watched the world move around me.  I was really grateful for the opportunity to be forced to sit for the day and reflect.  The most beautiful couple that had to be in their late 90's walked in slowly hand in hand.
 He carrying her purse and opening the door for her as they shuffled at their snails pace.  It was love.  Love that has lasted for many years.  They had so much love and appreciation for each other.  I look forward to growing old with my husband and pray that we can live that long to enjoy that much life together.  I want to celebrate 70 years of marriage.  Next came another elderly couple that might not have had the same amount of appreciation for each other.

 He certainly did for her.  You could see his eyes twinkle but her eyes were hard to find in her scowl.  The gentleman would call her sweetie and she would huff and puff with everything.  Out of his mouth were kind and gentle words but hers were, eh? I can't hear ya. Put that away, now's not the time {it was his wallet} What did I already tell ya?  He replied with, Sweetie, we should go to Costco and check out those hearing aids for you.  It made me wonder what they were there for.  Was their marriage always like that or was there an ailment causing him to lose his once loving wife.

The middle aged people that came in were all in a rush.  Never smiled and frowned upon any wait.  I hid myself behind my book for them, I didn't want to get in the way of any cross fire.  Being in a rush just isn't healthy.

The book I was reading was "If You Had an Hour to Live" by Richard Carlson and Kristine Carlson.  It is a true story about life, love and making the most of every minute.  My kind of read!  The first quote in here caught my attention and I wanted to share it. "If you had an hour to live and could make just one phone call, who would it be to, what would you say....and why are you waiting?" The original source was Stephen Levine.  None of us know how long we have to live.  Make sure you are making every moment count and treat life as the miracle it is.  Love and be loved.  Live in Joy.  Be happy.  Yes, I am slowing down physically by the day but I am grateful that I have learned so much appreciation for the love of life.  Make sure that you let all your special people know how much you love and appreciate them, right now.

18 comments:

  1. I hear you; I want to be the old couple that still likes each other after 70 years of being together. My grandfather used to say it was a shame that youth was wasted on the young. I love visiting your blog - you remind me to seize the day. To really live this life I've been given. Thanks. I ran up a hill the other day just because I could . . . and I thought of you. Again thanks.

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  2. love this post.
    live in joy. yes!
    there truly is no other way in jesus.

    sending hugs to you, sweet karen! xo

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  3. This is such a great post! I love it. Everyone should live as if it were there last!

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  4. Karen! Your writing is like fine wine, I tell ya'! Just keeps getting better with age! But NEVER gets old.....I mean I NEVER get sick of hearing it!

    Hugs to you sweet gal!

    PS ~ glucose test? Did I miss something???

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  5. This post makes me think of how I need to show my husband more appreciation and less nagging. I'm too good at nagging.

    This post made even better by the Alison Krauss tune that I heart from Oh Brother....
    And now Hallelujah?? Thank you Karen!!!!

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  6. yes i agree with rebecca glucose tolerance?? this is so sweet karen, i pray you and your husband can be married for 70 plus years! my husband told me recently he used to worry if he would ever marry because he would see older couples walking hand in hand being so sweet to one another and he knows he has that now, provided God gives us that many years :-)

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  7. You are a true inspiration Karen and what a sweet post about the elderly couples. xo

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  8. I love good reads about life too. Great, loving blog you have. New follower :O)

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  9. I'm teary-eyed. My grandparents were married for 71 years this fall. They had their anniversary just days before my grandpa passed away. We're not promised tomorrow. Thanks for the advice to remember to let the ones we love the most know.

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  10. great post! i loveeee seeing sweet older couples together.

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  11. I love this post. It's true, why are we always in such a rush? I think the older we get the more focused we are on what is important. Those things rise to the surface and help all the nonsense to just fall away from us. Thank you for your inspiration and for reminding us with your life of what we should be doing with ours. xoxo

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  12. Oh, I love it when I see older couples that still love each other. My parents are one of those and it gives me hope with my husband...I swear I love that man more and more every day ;)

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  13. Beautiful! Thank you for sharing this!

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  14. My grandparents have been married over 55 years now and they still flirt with eachother. I love to see it too. I want that to be my hubby and I in 50 years! :)

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  15. Love your blog! New follower!

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  16. This really is so beautiful..... I love it..... I often watch older people in the waiting rooms too and I always get a smile on my face when I see a couple who are still so obviously in love.

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  17. Hi Karen,

    I'm really glad I stumbled upon your blog. I can totally relate to what you said your about page. My family is undergoing our biggest trial at the moment because my Mom is fighting a serious disease. When this happens, it certainly gives you a new perspective on things.

    I have read the book above as well and it is indeed a short but quite profound one. Be strong and draw strength from your beloved family. That's what we are doing. I will keep you in my prayers.

    Take care. *hug*

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