some words to LIVE by !

  1. Dusting ...

    "A house becomes a home when you can write "I love you" on the

    I can't tell you how many countless hours that I have spent CLEANING!
    I used to spend at least 8 hours every weekend making sure things were just perfect -"in case someone came over". Then I realized one day that no one came over; they were all out living life and having fun!

    Now, when people visit, I find no need to explain the "condition" of my home. They are more interested in hearing about the things I've been doing while I was away living life and having fun.

    If you haven't figured this out yet, please heed this advice.

    Life is short. Enjoy it!

    Dust if you must, but wouldn't it be better to paint a picture or write a letter, bake a cake or plant a seed,
    ponder the difference between want and need?

    Dust if you must, but there's not much time, with rivers to swim and
    mountains to climb, music to hear and books to read, friends to cherish and life to lead.

    Dust if you must, but the world's out there with the sun in your eyes,
    the wind in your hair, a flutter of snow, a shower of rain.
    This day will not come around again.

    Dust if you must, but bear in mind, old age will come and it's not kind.
    And when you go - and go you must - you, yourself will make more dust!

    It's not what you gather, but what you scatter that tells what kind of
    life you have lived.
  2. 5 Comments

  3. by   tonicareer
    I totally agree. Dust bunnies hurt no one. I want people to discuss my accomplishments when I die not my clean house.
  4. by   RRMLPN
    good post, now if i could just learn to relax about the house and apply it!
  5. by   jnette
    Originally posted by RRMLPN
    good post, now if i could just learn to relax about the house and apply it!
    You know, that's why I like this so much.. 'cuz I need this more than anyone ! (as a matter of fact, my daughter sent this to me as a forward.. can't take credit for the gems of wisdom) but I, too, need to take these words to heart.

    I have slacked off a teeny bit in recent years, but still have a real THING for shiny clean and everything in its place. And not even for OTHERS, but for ME !

    I do manage to enjoy all the other things, though.. I just get up that much earlier to fit it all in ! (method to my madness... have my cake and eat it, too!)
  6. by   SmilingBluEyes
    true unless you have a asthmatic in the house....sigh and i have 2 of em.

    i did enjoy this one. thank you.
  7. by   plumrn
    Sometimes you have to stop and put things in proper perspective.
    We won't remember how much fun we had last Saturday cleaning house, but we will long remember the spur of the moment picnic we had in the backyard. Good post, jnette.