Friend's Life Gives Lesson in Taking Time to Really Live

| 6/27/2010 9:56:18 AM

A-photo-of-Colleen-NewquistWhen will I learn that taking time doesn’t steal from my day, but adds to it? It’s a lesson I repeat again and again ... and again. When will it stick?

For many mornings in a row, my husband, Michael, has been getting up when I do to feed the animals and let the dog out, which I really appreciate. It means I don’t feel quite as compelled to race with the clock. It also means that I shower, get dressed, and come downstairs pretty much ready to walk out the door, hop in the car, and start the commute to work.

This morning, though, Michael stayed in bed, and I was the one taking Charley out. And then I remembered what I’ve been missing, and how lovely that time of day is.

As I stood waiting for Charley to do his business, I saw a doe and her young spotted fawn in the sun-dappled woods. The mother was quietly leading the fawn away from us, but the baby stopped at the sight of Charley, her curiosity seemingly getting the better of her as she stared at this black and white creature, who was thankfully oblivious. Instincts eventually took over and she scampered down the hill.


Walking back to the front door, I spotted two different kinds of mushrooms sprouting in the yard and some fascinating fungi I didn't recognize, which reminded me of how long it has been since I spent any time digging in the dirt, getting close to the earth.

Almost Country_1
7/15/2010 7:08:09 AM

After a day at home, sitting on her porch and puttering in her gardens, Tammy Varadi departed this life from her bed, lying next to her daughter, shortly before midnight on July 13, 2010.

S.M.R. Saia
6/30/2010 12:11:32 PM

I'm so sorry about your friend's illness. It's far to easy to rush through life, and to let ourselves get beaten down by things that in the end aren't really all that important. Thanks for having the courage to share this story in such an inspirational way.

Nebraska Dave
6/29/2010 10:55:23 PM

@Colleen, isn’t it sad that it takes some thing like your friend to jolt us out of the whirl wind world we live in and appreciate the simple things in life. It sounds like your friend knew how to live life to the fullest. I’m sad to say that I have had several events that shook me awake to the fact about just how fragile life is. I never let a chance go by to tell my family that I love them or how much I appreciate friendship from my friends. It’s so easy to lose our perspective in this day and age. So may things can fill up our time with unimportant stuff. I’ve come to realize that every day is unique and needs to be held in esteem for its preciousness. The small mushroom being the best mushroom it can be shows us how to truly live life, which is be who we are and not who some corporation wants us to be. I’m really sorry to hear about your friend. I do know what it’s like to lose friends and family members. There are still times when I thing about some of the goofy things we did together that a smile will creep across my face. Choose to remember the good times.

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