My post today is not about jewellery, although I love pearls.
It's not about jewel boxes although the jewel of friendship is foremost in my thoughts.
And it's not about lace, although the fabric of life is one that like lace, sometimes looks delicate and yet is strong, or conversely can look strong, and yet have little weaknesses that become it's undoing.
I lost a friend last week.
Just seven days ago as of this very moment, 11:30am on a regular Thursday morning, my friend was going about her day with no inkling that she would not see another morning.
Very late that night, a blood clot that had formed in her leg, travelled to her lungs, and she drew her last breath. Nobody that knew her can believe that someone so full of life, can be gone in an instant.
She was not an elderly person and had every expectation that she had close to half a century left before she would be called to join her Mother and Grandmother in whatever lies beyond this life.
Since her passing I am obsessed with making my moments count, for what if I too, do not wake to see another day? We all think these things happen to 'someone else'. But sometime, somewhere it is us or someone we love dearly, that becomes a statistic.
If ever there were a time in my life where that old saying 'Live every day as if it were your last' held meaning, it is now. Look for the pearls in your day, and value them and cherish them. Today is all we have. Tomorrow is not yet come, and yesterday is gone and in the past and cannot be changed.
Today my 'pearls' will be...
Make a favourite meal
Listen to a favourite song
Surround myself with people I love and who love me equally in return
Buy a bunch of roses and make a little bouquet to lay on my friends casket
Eat an exotic fruit
Wear my wedding pearls which I save for 'good'
Remember my friend fondly
Walk in my garden
Look at old photos and remember good times
Hug my husband and daughter and tell them I love them
Ring my sons and their partners and do the same
Send my siblings a card to tell them how much they mean to me
What if I didn't wake tomorrow? Would I exit my life feeling it was a life well lived? I hope so.
What are the pearls in your life today?