Monday, December 31, 2012

Just One More

How about just one more post for the year, the last post for 2012.

We have had a good year, and 2013 is only going to get better. Each and everyone of us have had both blessings and heartaches this past year and we all will endure more in the coming year because my Friends that is life.

Material and monetary items are a must for life today, but what is most important and something we all should reflect on is our family and friends, you can have all the money in the world and be miserable without someone to share it with.

Myself I’d rather not have the pile of money if it meant losing my family and friends to gain, people are conditioned to work for a living, but when working takes place of your family time you need to readjust a bit and make time for both family and the job you need to feed them.

Harry Chapin’s song Cats In The Cradle tells the story of a man who never had time to spend with his son, “When you comin' home dad? I don't know when, but we'll get together then son, You know we'll have a good time then”

To make a long story short, the son wanted to spend time with and be like his Dad, and Dad never had time to spend with him, Son grew up and became like his Dad who is now retired, now the Son has no time for Dad.

It’s so easy to allow time to pass and put things off thinking I’ll make time for this later, when it comes to family putting things off may be your last chance to do something with someone you love.

About thirty years ago I got a call from my Grand Dad who asked me to come over and take him fishing, Can’t do it this weekend Grand Dad I am on call for work, how about next weekend, Sounds good Jimmy, I’ll see you then.

Grand Dad died the following Saturday, the day I was supposed to take him fishing, putting him off a week was my last opportunity to see him.

So before I get in too deep, I say take time to do things with someone you love, make time to see your Parents, Grandma or Grandpa and listen to their stories, you know the ones you have already heard a million times.

Play ball with your kids or grandkids, or listen to them ramble about the new gadget they have, even if you have no idea what they are talking about, just being there with them is more important than understanding how that gadget really works.

Sit down and have a cup of coffee with that friend you keep putting off because you don’t have the time, we have to start making time for little things like this because as I said before, if we put things like this off too many times, time will run out.

My wish for all of you in the coming year is time with your Family and Friends, I thank all of you who choose to read my opinions and have decided to stick around in spite of them.

A Happy New Year to you, and remember as long as you have your Faith, Friends, and Family, you are truly blessed.

20 comments:

  1. Your post is a great way to end the year. You are a deep and wise man. Take care and I hope 2013 brings you nothing but the best. Happy New Year.

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    1. Thank You Stephen, I am honored by your kind words my Friend.

      A Happy New Year to you.

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  2. Great advice! Happy New Year to you and your family.

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  3. You made me tear up and I love that song. You know, Jimmy, I lived my life for my kids, to the exclusion of almost everything and everyone else and still do. Yet, about the only time I hear from them, is when they need something. Perhaps I'm getting payback for all the others I excluded, because it was certainly never my kids. Sometimes I try to convince myself that I just did such a good job raising them and they're independent enough that they don't need me. Yeah, guess that's what it was! LOL!

    Happy New Year to you and Cindy!

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    1. Hey Ms. A, I always loved that song too :)

      The thing about kids is once they get grown they seem to get themselves wrapped up in their lives that we get left out sometimes, ours are a lot the same way and I pray one day we will all be back together like we used to be.

      The positive note here is that you did spend time with your children when they were younger, and that time is a blessing that you would never have wanted to miss out on, so now you have to be thankful for that time and know that you did the right thing by spending that time with them, I know you did a good job raising them and they know it too.

      Happy New Year my Dear Friend

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  4. Beeeeeeautiful post, Jimmy!

    "but what is most important and something we all should reflect on is our family and friends, you can have all the money in the world and be miserable without someone to share it with."

    You said it, buddy!

    HAPPY NEW YEAR TO YOU AND CINDY!

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    1. Thank You Ron, And a Happy New Year to you too Buddy!

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  5. Very, very wise words, Jimmy. It's all about people, isn't it? Love and best wishes to you and Cindy in 2013.

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    1. Yes Bijoux, It is all about people, and it is so easy to forget that also.

      Thank You my Friend and a Happy New Year to you and your Family.

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  6. Happy New Year Jimmy! Wise words and ones to live by. Sometimes busyness is the enemies best friend. May we all try to take a little more time to enjoy our loved ones.

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    1. Hey Angelia, Busyness is indeed the enemy that takes us away from our loved ones and makes time pass so quickly, time to slow down and enjoy what we have is my opinion of a way to happiness :)

      Happy New Year to you and your fine Family

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  7. We've all experienced those missed times with loved ones. It comes with life. Just know that grandad's last thoughts were NOT "gee....Jimmy couldn't go fishing with me".

    I reaffirm my love for my husband many times throughout EVERY day, and make sure he knows he is my world. If you can make ONE person feel they are worth your entire life, then you've done well.

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    1. Amen my Dear Friend, If you can make one person feel worthy then you have done well, I have a feeling Stud knows how much you love him and he you just as much.

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  8. And excellent story, and good advice, too. Happy New Year Jimmy. ;)

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    1. Thank You Scott, Happy New Year my Friend

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  9. A very wise message for 2013, Jimmy.

    Wishing you and tour family a happy New Year.

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    1. A Happy New Year to you and yours also Bryan

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  10. I popped over from Ron at Vent. Gosh this post touches a nerve, as I'm sure it does for so many people who've lost loved ones. I lost my mother a couple of years ago, and I'm still beating myself up for not making the effort to go down and see her more often.

    Truth is, there will ALWAYS be missed opportunities, there will ALWAYS be 'I should haves'. Life is like that. I think we need to ask ourselves how we'd feel if it were the other way round, and I know I'd forgive my sons. How about you?

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    1. Hi Jay, Yes Sir there will always be shoulda, coulda, woulda's nothing we can do about that as that is a part of life.

      Beating yourself up after losing your Mother is understandable, something this big always leaves us thinking of things we could have done differently, and to answer your question if things were the other way around, without question I would forgive my children.

      Welcome Jay I hope to hear more from you.

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