First, YES, I’m going to see the new “Pirates of the Caribbean” movie. How could I see the first two and not see the third? And, NO, no, no way… I’m not going to watch the new “Pirates” series on television. I already know people can be evil and greedy and manipulative. I don’t want to watch a show that brags about it!
Did you see the guy on television who found all the coins? Wow! I’m not as interested in what he’s going to do with them as I am in why they were on a ship in the first place. Who had them? Where were they going? Why? That’s the real story.
Found my own treasures this week! I’m finally unpacking the rest of this stuff. Since we were already functioning quite well, you know that the stuff I’m unpacking now is “useless, sentimental crap” (according to my son) that I could do without. However, it’s been a joy to unpack it. You forget about things when they are on shelves or tucked away in boxes for years. Imagine my delight in re-discovering my great-grandmother’s salt and pepper shakers, my daughter’s baby shoes, my wedding dress, and my tattered copy of Little Women. Gary flipped open an old photo album I’d left on the dining room table and became lost in happy memories of when our granddaughter lived with us for a year. Not only was she just a toddler, but we were younger and thinner!
I also came across a photo album of “before” and “after” pictures of our old house and garden. Made me feel much better about the work to be done here! I’d forgotten how bare the old place was when we moved in.
Our friends lost their treasures, and everything else, when a fire destroyed their home this week. I grieve for them. But it’s just a reminder that even though I enjoy being surrounded by my collections and knick knacks, it’s the memories in my heart and mind that are important. It’s the experiences and relationships and feelings that we carry with us forever, not the things, no matter how precious they seem. It’s our spirit and heart and courage that others will remember after we are gone. So today I encourage you to do something that you and your loved ones will remember in the years ahead. Live life to the fullest. Make friends. Go places. Do things. Make memories to treasure.