Take A Deep Breath.

It’s so easy to get caught up in the trivialities of every day life. To be upset when the bottom rips out of the garbage bag. To want to scream at the slow moving driver in front of you. To snap at your husband because you can’t be angry at the people who really deserve your wrath.

But you know what? None of that stuff matters. None of it.

This life you have? The one that frustrates you so badly you want to scream and stomp your feet? It could all be gone tomorrow.

I just read a post by a woman I don’t know. A blog I’ve never visited before. She wrote to tell us that her husband, the love of her life, died unexpectedly. Earlier that very same day, she had posted about a happy evening spent eating ice cream for dinner. Can you imagine her heartbreak? I can’t. I don’t want to.

Tomorrow, I’m going to make a real effort to be truly present.  I’m going to hug my baby a little more than strictly necessary, kiss my husband a little more deeply than usual and give my pets a few extra pats. I’m even going to smile while writing those dang direct mail letters.

This is my life, and I’m lucky to have it. I hope I get to keep it—and the people in it (including you, dear reader)—for a good long time to come.

Now, won’t you go give The Good Cook some love?

14 Comments on Take A Deep Breath.

  1. Wendy
    August 16, 2010 at 8:58 am (5 years ago)

    I’ve never read that blog either, but that post made me cry.

    Reply
    • Amber
      August 16, 2010 at 9:17 am (5 years ago)

      I know, right? I just can’t imagine…

      Reply
  2. Alexandra
    August 16, 2010 at 4:14 pm (5 years ago)

    I need to remind myself of these things. I really do.

    On my way.

    Reply
    • Amber
      August 16, 2010 at 9:02 pm (5 years ago)

      I think we all do. On a fairly regular basis.

      Reply
  3. erin
    August 16, 2010 at 4:16 pm (5 years ago)

    I’m heading over, too. Thoughtful post. Wake-up call for me. Thank you for sharing….new follower here.

    Reply
    • Amber
      August 16, 2010 at 9:01 pm (5 years ago)

      I read that post last night and couldn’t not share. It hit me right in the gut.

      Reply
  4. KLZ
    August 16, 2010 at 4:54 pm (5 years ago)

    I think perhaps tonight, we will have ice cream for dinner. Because we can.

    Reply
    • Amber
      August 16, 2010 at 9:00 pm (5 years ago)

      I think that sounds like a grand idea. Maybe I’ll do the same tomorrow…I have to stop at the grocery store first.

      Reply
  5. Justine
    August 16, 2010 at 5:05 pm (5 years ago)

    Good for you! And you’re right – none of it matters. We tend to take life for granted when in fact, anything can happen at any moment, so why squander away the ones that we have with the stressing about the trivialities?

    Reply
    • Amber
      August 16, 2010 at 9:00 pm (5 years ago)

      Right. Or so I need to keep reminding myself, and keep reminding myself, and keep reminding myself.

      Reply
  6. Natalie
    August 16, 2010 at 5:40 pm (5 years ago)

    This is exactly what I needed to read today. I spent my morning getting mad about lots of little things; wasting time and energy on things that don’t even matter. I’m going now to sit on the floor and play with the kids :)

    Reply
    • Amber
      August 16, 2010 at 8:59 pm (5 years ago)

      I hope the evening is full of lots of giggles! Those are the best kind.

      Reply
  7. Betsy @ zen-mama.com
    August 21, 2010 at 4:40 pm (5 years ago)

    I was just there at the Good Cook as well. What a heart ache. Do you know how he died? BTW That’s where I found you!

    Reply
    • Amber
      August 23, 2010 at 8:42 am (5 years ago)

      I don’t know. Only that it was sudden. But I’m glad to meet you!

      Reply

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Comment *