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pile of wrapped presentsIt’s been wonderful to share some of my favorite music, as well as a few thoughts to consider as we’ve navigated the ups and downs of 2021. You’ve helped me make it through all the obstacles by traveling beside me, with steadfast, sustaining support. I am so grateful to have you as a fellow traveler. The song serving as the background for my thoughts as this year nears conclusion has been recorded by Pete Seeger, The Byrds and Judy Collins, along with many others. It has the distinction of being the song on the No. 1 charts with the oldest lyrics (which were actually written by King Solomon). The title is “Turn, Turn, Turn (To Everything There Is A Season).”

As a new year will soon be dawning, I’m reflecting on the thoughts of Jim Valvano and thought I would share them with you:

Imagine there is a bank that credits your account each morning with $86,400. It carries over no balance from day to day. Every evening it deletes whatever part of the balance you failed to use during the day. What would you do? Draw out every cent, of course!

Each of us has such a bank. Its name is TIME.

Every morning, it credits you with 86,400 seconds. Every night it writes off as lost, whatever of this you’ve failed to invest to good purpose. It carries over no balance. It allows no overdraft. Each day it opens a new account for you. Each night it burns the remains of the day. If you fail to use the day’s deposits, the loss is yours. There is no going back. There is no drawing against the “tomorrow.” You must live in the present on today’s deposits. Invest it to get the utmost in health, happiness and success!

The clock is running. Make the most of today.

To realize the value of ONE YEAR, ask a student who failed a grade.
To realize the value of ONE MONTH, ask a mother who bore a premature baby.
To realize the value of ONE WEEK, ask the editor of a weekly newspaper.
To realize the value of ONE HOUR, ask the lovers who are waiting to meet.
To realize the value of ONE MINUTE, ask a person who missed the train.
To realize the value of ONE SECOND, ask a person who just avoided an accident.
To realize the value of ONE MILLISECOND, ask an Olympic medalist.

Treasure every moment you have! And treasure it more because you shared it with someone special — special enough to spend your time with. And remember that time waits for no one.

In closing, I want to share a poem entitled “Today” by an anonymous author that helps me keep my priorities in order each day:


Outside my window, a new day I see,
And only I can determine what kind of day it will be.
It can be busy and sunny, laughing and gay
Or boring and cold, unhappy and gray.
My own state of mind is the determining key,
For I am the person I let myself be.
I can be thoughtful and do all that I can to help
Or be selfish and think just of myself.
I can enjoy what I do and make it seem fun
Or gripe and complain and make it hard on someone.
I can be patient with those who may not understand
Or belittle and hurt them as much as I can.
But I have faith in myself and believe what I say,
And I personally intend to make the best of each day.

Yesterday is history. Tomorrow is mystery. Today is a gift — that’s why it’s called the present! Open and enjoy each one.

Thank you for the honor of being present in your life.

I Care, Barb

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