A wise man named Rudolfo Costa once said “Erase from your vocabulary the word ‘someday.’ Do not save things for ‘special occasions.’ Take into account the fact that every day is special. Every day is a gift that we must appreciate and be thankful for”... Live every day to the fullest and savor every minute of it.”
He offered these illustrations of his point: “Wear your attractive clothes, wear your nice perfume, use your fine silverware and dishes, and drink from your expensive crystal glasses...”
The key idea here is to make use of the good things in your life. I’m sure there are plenty of us who find ourselves a little short of expensive crystal or fine silverware. But we probably all have possessions that we treat as too nice or too special to use right now. The late humorist, Erma Bombeck, wrote about a woman who was given the gift of a gorgeous, wildly expensive lace slip. She put off wearing it because there was never an occasion special enough. She eventually wore it – in her coffin. I know, that’s a jarring example, but it certainly makes the point. The poor woman should have enjoyed this gift by using it. It did no one (especially her) any good wrapped in tissue paper in a nice box – in a drawer.
It’s not about “stuff” itself; it’s about making use of what you have while you can. What about our gifts and talents? You can have all the potential in the world but it will come to nothing if you never unleash those latent talents and use them! If you do happen to have fine crystal and dishes, have people to dinner. If you have a talent, like quilt-making, make quilts as love gifts. As an artist I can say that the art pieces that have made me the happiest were those made as gifts for people I love. All of this circles back to this: saving anything for “someday” is almost certainly preventing someone’s enjoyment. If it involves using a talent or a possession to bless other people it will result in warm feelings all around. And that kind of warm feeling is called “fulfillment.”
EQM Sue Ellen Cooper