Thursday, April 9, 2015

Waste Not

{This is an encore post, slightly modified and
dedicated to my little brother. ♥}

When we are old, our lives become 
the sum of all whom we have loved.

It is important not to waste anyone.  

~ Bernard L. Lifshutz

I discovered this quote engraved on a
bench plaque, where it attached itself
firmly to my heart and has nested 
there every since.

I love collecting things, and I love 
reading about the collections of others, 
too. But when it comes down to it, the 
most priceless collection of all is 
truly those people who we have loved,
and who have loved us in return.

The sum of us.

Walking Gracie dog on evenings when a full 
moon seems pinned to the night sky, I'll 
gaze up at it, thinking of people from my 
own collection of cherished relationships 
who are no longer here to experience 
its beauty with me.  And yet, they will 
always be part of that unique equation 
that is mine, alone.

For them, and for those I am still lucky 
enough to share this journey with, I don't 
want to squander full moons or bear hugs, 
bare feet in the grass or early morning 
sunlight caressing my face.  I want to 
recognize and remember it all. I'm 
determined not to frivol anything away.

The changing seasons have a way of
sharpening the senses and refocusing
the lens on this glorious planet that we
call home. My friends, I hope that you
revel in that magic with someone 
special in your life, or perhaps, sit
quietly in the sunshine with the memory
of another, who was integral to 
the sum of you.

It is important not to waste anyone.


{photo by me}


Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces said...

How lovely, Suzanne...and so profound. Thank you for being part of the sum of me...xoxo

Charm Bracelet Diva {at Home} said...

What a beautiful sentiment, Suzanne. Unfortunately, I have many souls that are no longer with me....and you make me question whether or not I wasted my time with them? Hindsight truly is 20/20. Life is too short NOT to seize the moment, the day. Now if we could all put that sentiment into practice each and every day what a wonderful world it would be. xoKathleen

Lisa @ Shine Your Light said...

I love how you view life Suzanne! I am trying not to squander, sometimes it's easier than others to put this into practice. That is such a great quote and sentiment...I can see why it nested in your heart <3 Sending you big love and happy weekend wishes my friend!

Dianna said...

Oh Suzanne, I have tears, as I read and think of those who are no longer here to share life's joys with me. This day will be spent thinking of those who do still share this journey with me...and how I can be used to enrich their lives a bit. Your beautiful gentle spirit always comes through in your writing my friend...always. xo

Lucy martin said...

So beautiful, I agree each person in our lives is a treasure. Thank you...xo

Anonymous said...

Oh, Suzanne! There is so much truth in your lovely words! All of those special people who have touched my life are such an important part of who I am today. Collecting relationships is worth more than gold! Heartfelt hugs! ♡Dawn

Sylvia said...

"It is important not to waste anyone" It couldn't have been said any better! Thank you for the profound life lessons, Suzanne!

Lisa Ancona-Roach said...

Lovely. I'm so glad that you and I have a special, mutual "part" to cherish in our hearts...she definitely makes my "whole" the richer for having known her. xo

Joanna said...

Wow. You have a way of putting things that resonate perfectly. Always, when I read your words, a silence falls, a calmness settles.

When all is said and done, to give love and to be loved is really all that matters.

Sending my love to you, sweet Suzanne.


Patty Christopher said...
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Patty Christopher said...

beautiful, beautiful-as always

Elizabeth@ Pine Cones and Acorns said...

Suzanne, I was thinking the very same thing recently. Time is so very precious and our time with family and friends is the most wonderful gift there is. Sadly I think something we do not often realize until they are gone.

Thanks you for the beautiful reminder and sharing your lovely thoughts.

I hope your time with your Elizabeth was filled with special and simple moments to hold in your heart until you see her again.


P.S: This post made me think of your friend that you lost to cancer last year. I hope that her children and family are well.

michele said...

savoring the beauty of your thoughts and the quote. pondering such honorable sentiments is never a waste. peace to you right where you are.

Just a little something from Judy said...

You always cause me to stop and think through each post. You have a big heart and you care deeply for others. Thank you for inspiring those who visit here to do the same. I leave here praying to remember your shared message.