time is short

This is something I wrote in June of 2006. I read it now and then to remind myself of what’s really important. I hope it speaks to you to.

Because My Time Here Is Short

Because my time here is short I want to love deeply, forgive fully, laugh easily and have no regrets.

Because my time here is short I don’t want to waste energy on pettiness.

Because my time here is short I want to really see my husband and children when I look at them.  I want them to know I see them as I look deeply into their eyes.

Because my time here is short I want to drink deeply from the cup of life and experience the richness each day holds.

Because my time here is short I don’t want to do things out of obligation – I’d just rather not do them.  Life is too precious.  Once spent, there are not returns or refunds allowed.  Why waste it on people’s expectations that aren’t important to me?

Because my time here is short I want to inhale the beauty around me – the aroma of rich coffee, fragrant flowers and the essence of Les as I hug and kiss his neck.

Because my time here is short I want to smile more and frown less.

Because my time here is short I want to savor fine wine with finer friends and enjoy conversations that are rich and satisfying.

Because my time here is short I want to hug my children lots.

Because my time here is short I want to anticipate each sunrise and revel each evening as the sun slips silently out of sight.

Because my time here is short I don’t want to take anything for granted – I want to fully notice and completely enjoy all the little pleasures of this life.

K. Beauchamp 6/06

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7 Responses to “time is short”

  1. Bonnelle Says:

    beautiful!

  2. Mother Beauchamp Says:

    My feelings exactly. Sweetly expressed! Thanks, Kris.

  3. jonathan starkey Says:

    Kris, I found a new word last week, and a line 1 and 2 of your poem reminded me of it.

    MAGNANIM’ITY
    M-W: 1 : the quality of being magnanimous : loftiness of spirit enabling one to bear trouble calmly, to disdain meanness and pettiness, and to display a noble generosity

    Noah: MAGNANIM’ITY, n. [L. magnanimitas; magnus, great, and animus, mind.] Greatness of mind; that elevation or dignity of soul, which encounters danger and trouble with tranquillity and firmness, which raises the possessor above revenge, and makes him delight in acts of benevolence, which makes him disdain injustice and meanness, and prompts him to sacrifice personal ease, interest and safety for the accomplishment of useful and noble objects.[1]

    mag·nan·i·mous
    –adjective
    1. generous in forgiving an insult or injury; free from petty resentfulness or vindictiveness: to be magnanimous toward one’s enemies.

  4. Ellen Says:

    That was beautiful and so true Kris. Very nice!

  5. Jenn Says:

    Thanks for the reminder to breathe deeply every day and really enjoy the sites, smells and sounds around me.
    Blessings, Jenn

  6. Claudia Kaser Says:

    If this were like Facebook, I’d click the ‘like’ button! 🙂
    Blessings to you today, Kris! I’m sure you’ll enjoy the sunshine as it’s popping up in the East!

  7. Jan Lane Says:

    OK, made me cry.

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