Life is too short to ice cakes; cakes are good without icing.
Life is too short to read all the church periodicals.
Life is too short not to write regularly to your parents.
Life is too short to eat factory baked bread.
Life is too short to keep all your floors shiny.*
October was too short. Time passed so quickly this month– so quickly that I just couldn’t keep up with all our happenings here in real time and I must confess I’ve felt a little guilty. [smile] But October was too short… Full of little anniversaries of our first date and first kiss and bigger celebrations like my 30th birthday and our first wedding anniversary, October is already a busy month in our household, but happily we added a bit more hustle and bustle with a record total of 7 overnight guests this month (my parents and our seminary friends), the wedding of dear friends in Georgia, and of course Halloween.
Life is too short to let a day pass without hugging your spouse and each of your children.
Life is too short to nurse grudges and hurt feelings.
Life is too short to worry about getting ready for Christmas; just let Christmas come.
Life is too short to spend much money on neckties and earrings.
Life is too short for nosy questions like “How do you like your new pastor?” Or—if there’s been a death—”How is he taking it?”
October was too short. The busyness of October bubbled over into our lives at work as well. At the beginning of the month, Caleb celebrated his first baptism and we welcomed four new members to “The Church.” What an exciting Sunday! That evening at the prayer class I’ve been teaching, I had a hard time focusing our discussions because so much joy was spilling over from the mornings activities. [smile] “The Church” is slowly growing and we are blessed to bear witness. This was my first full month in my new job with Appalachia Service Project and essentially I spent the whole month establishing and living into new routines. Since October 1st, I have made trips back to each of the centers in Tennessee, Virginia, Kentucky, and West Virginia. I have loved discovering how I am being called to be present for these young adults who are serving in these centers.
Life is too short to be gone from home more than a few nights a week.
Life is too short not to take a nap when you need one.
Life is too short to care whether purses match shoes or towels match bathrooms.
Life is too short to stay indoors when the trees turn color in fall, when it snows, or when the spring blossoms come out.
October was too short. The most brilliant transformation during the month happened to the mountains. Slowly the greens of summer have been replaced by the yellows, reds, deep purples, and oranges of fall. It’s really been quite a spectacular show! We’ve tried to be intentional about using down time to take in the colors as much as possible. We’ve taken long drives, biked the Creeper, and spent mornings just sitting by the great floor to ceiling window in our living room.
Life is too short to miss the call to worship on a Sunday morning.
Life is too short for bedspreads that are too fancy to sleep under.
Life is too short to work in a room without windows.
Life is too short to put off Bible study.
Life is too short to put off improving our relationships with the people we live with.
October was too short, but I don’t feel like we’ve let it pass by without taking in the fullness of this very special month. So I didn’t write about it all until now… at least I have the memory of having lived this October in a way that I can happily proclaim with orphan Ann-(with an)-e Shirley that “I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers!”
*Poem by Doris Longacre, the author of the Mennonite cookbook More with Less and the book Living More with Less.